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Paul McCartney: Another Victim of Phone Hacking?

Paul McCartney: Another Victim of Phone Hacking?
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The latest victim of the phone hacking scandal that has shaken Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation and caused the closing of the 168-year-old tabloid News of the World is no one less than Sir Paul McCartney. The revelation comes the day after his ex-wife, Heather Mills, told BBC News Night that, in 2001, a senior Mirror Group journalist told her that he had hacked into her voice mail and overheard messages left for her by McCartney. Mills had “had a row” with McCartney, who then left a “conciliatory message” on her voicemail.

The BBC reports that McCartney, who is currently touring in the US, has told US media that, on returning to the UK, he will be talking to police because, as he says,

“When I go back [to Britain] after this tour, I am going to talk to the police because apparently I have been hacked.

“I don’t know much about it because they won’t tell anyone except the person themselves. So I will be talking to them about that.

“I do think it’s horrendous violation of privacy. I do think it has been going on for a long time and I do think more people than we know knew about it.

“But I think I should just listen and hear what the facts are before I comment.”

Mills’s claim that her phone was hacked into further suggests that another tabloid, the Daily Mirror, engaged in the practice, which would then be more widespread than so far thought. Her statement also seems further to implicate Piers Morgan, the editor of the Daily Mirror until 2004 and now the host of a CNN talkshow. The Guardian relates this exchange between Mills and the senior Daily Mirror journalist:

According to Mills, the journalist rang her and “started quoting verbatim the messages from my machine”.

She said she challenged him, saying: “You’ve obviously hacked my phone and if you do anything with this story … I’ll go to the police.”

Mills said he responded: “OK, OK, yeah, we did hear it on your voice messages, I won’t run it.”

Morgan himself has “consistently denied he has ever hacked a phone, ordered any of his journalists to do so, or published any story obtained from the hacking of a phone.” He also questioned Mills’s credibility, pointing out that “a high-court judge had described her as a[n] unreliable witness.”

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7:45PM PDT on Aug 16, 2011

Is anyone remembering Princess Diana?

6:52PM PDT on Aug 6, 2011

What these journalists do is terrible and they all deserve to go down. What happened to ethical reporting? I guess there never was.

No-one would hack me as I'm not important but I wouldn't like it.

This is snowballing into the biggest story for decades. I'm glad they can be stopped and other newspapers etc will have to clean up their acts as well or be stopped.

It's a great day for freedom and our privacy.

6:19PM PDT on Aug 6, 2011

how many of you who have cell phones have been hacked and will never know it

11:36AM PDT on Aug 6, 2011

Thanks for the note!

10:18PM PDT on Aug 5, 2011

Hackers sink!

9:02PM PDT on Aug 5, 2011

Anything for a story....

7:03PM PDT on Aug 5, 2011

There are many irregularities in the Murdoch's empire. This recently just came in:

FAA is "Examining" News Corp.'s Use of Drones Over U.S. Airspace
http://www.dailytech.com/FAA+is+Examining+News+Corps+Use+of+Drones+Over+US+Airspace/article22360.htm

According to Daily Tech News Corp has a "squadron" of drones to spy on celebs, people of interests and things they want to report. My question is has News Corp take media to a high level of spying that they disregard media ethics and reporting? Well, my opinion is that if they do this then every person, thing and living things just become reality TV, TiVo and streaming computers. Every other media company will just go kaput! Because this live and you get information at the fingertips. I think this is very Chinese way of invasion of privacy because nothing is safe already. Its time rights groups, like the ACLU, in the US have to do something about this, not only the FAA.

Another alternative source:
News Corp. 'Daily Drone' Draws Scrutiny Of FAA
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/04/news-corp-daily-drone-dra_n_918443.html

3:51PM PDT on Aug 5, 2011

This is kind of off topic, but doesn't he STILL look so yummy?

1:06PM PDT on Aug 5, 2011

It a sad thing when those in the news nedia resort to these tactics. Freedom of the Press doesn't give them the freedom to break laws. A lot of the nonsense going on in media news is that journalist want to be writers not journalist. And there seems to be very little facts reported and a whole lot os sensationalism in their place. It is sad. Freddom of the press is a freedom we should cherish and keep ethical and truthful. Ask anyone who doesn't enjoy this freedom.

11:25AM PDT on Aug 5, 2011

I wonder who is on the list in the U.S.A. I imagine it is a very, very, long list.

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