A top British military veterans’ organization said Thursday it is suspending ties with the scandal-hit News of the World newspaper after accusations that the Sunday tabloid hacked into the phone messages of families of troops killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
It’s the latest blow to the British tabloid, which also has been accused of illegally eavesdropping on the messages of murder and terror victims, celebrities and politicians.
I’m hesitant to call anything outright “evil”, but this is goddamn close. It started off with “only” celebrities and has snowballed from there. These are the sleazeball outlets that Murdoch funds, and you can bet your ass he knew what was happening. I’m not accusing him of doing it himself or ordering them to, but the only other option is that he hires dirtbags and then has no idea what they’re up to, which isn’t much better.
EDIT: James Murdoch, Rupert’s son, announced just now that NotW is closing down after 168 years.