Last year’s phone hacking scandal has mutated in recent months, becoming less about the News of the World and phone hacking and more about the unhealthily close relationship between the government and Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.The latest allegations have focused around the texts sent between British Prime Minister David Cameron and Murdoch’s “right hand woman”, Rebekah Brooks. Last week the Telegraph revealed that the pair texted each other dozens of times a day.
Worse still, Brooks is heading in front of the Leveson Inquiry into press standards tomorrow, and may be forced to reveal the text messages that she reportedly kept. The inquiry has already exposed the very cosy relations between members of Cameron’s government and the Murdoch elite and came very close to getting one politician fired. Will Cameron be next on the line?
The Time’s of London (yes, a Murdoch paper) has a sneak peak of one of the texts this evening, from a forthcoming book on the British Prime Minister called Cameron: Practically a Conservative by Francis Elliott and James Hanning.
The text was reportedly sent during the controversy over the Milly Dowler-phone hacking (which eventually led to the closure of the News of the World and cost Brooks her job) telling Brooks to keep her head up and that she’d get through it.
Worse still was a second message, reportedly passed on by an emissary after Cameron was forced to cut off contact. The message is thought to have read:
“Sorry I couldn’t have been as loyal to you as you have been to me, but Ed Miliband had me on the run.”
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