|Jul. 12th, 2011 08:46 am European Privacy Update|
Unless you've been living under a rock, you've undoubtedly heard about the News of the World phone-hacking scandal. The 169-year old paper was folded on the weekend by its owner Rupert Murdoch in what can only be described as the world's most blatant attempt to suck up and curry favour so that his TV deal for Sky Television would go through. Leave a comment
So that's Christopher Hitchens's take on it. Now, Hitch is a polarizing figure, I know, but he's also a guy who worked in this exact atmosphere, so that's something to keep in mind before chucking rocks at me.
Former British PM Gordon Brown is rightly pi$$ed off that his kid's medical condition was hacked during the scandal and is going to make Murdoch's life as hard as he possibly can because of it. Good for him.
Of course News of the World was also implicated in hacking the account of murdered teen Milly Dowler after she was first reported missing - and deleting messages. Hopefully whoever did that will go to jail for interfering with a police investigation.
And now for something completely different, as they say...Julian Assange of WikiLeaks infamy is again fighting his extradition to Sweden.
Finally, Lord Black will be able to write a book about "How I Spent My Non-Prison Summer Vacation", because he doesn't have to report back to jail until September 6. (I know it's American jail, but Lord Black is still British.)