Scotland Yard Chief Resigns

Scotland Yard Chief Paul Stephenson's resignation statement, via the New York Times, as a result of the phone hacking scandal. Earlier today, Rebekkah Brooks was arrested when she showed up at police headquarters, thinking she was just going to answer questions.

Via the Daily Beast, The Man Who Busted Murdoch (Nick Davies.)

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    Wonderfully fertile ground (none / 0) (#1)
    by oculus on Sun Jul 17, 2011 at 07:09:52 PM EST
    for John Le Carre, P.D. James, and Elizabeth George. (Note the Oxford comma.).

    Noted, dontchaknow (5.00 / 3) (#2)
    by Towanda on Sun Jul 17, 2011 at 07:18:25 PM EST
    as Lord Peter would say about Sir Paul.

    Lord Peter Wimsey, as it were.  The late, great Dorothy Sayers also comes to mind as an author who would tsk at this in a goodly paragraph . . . while Elizabeth George would need several dense pages to do so, eh wot?  But how good, those pages would be.

    Wotever, I get the sense that this story still has many chapters to go, and I'm fascinated to see the findings about dastardly doings on this side of the pond -- probably far wider than just 9/11 vics, too.


    first line..Mr. Murdoch (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by observed on Sun Jul 17, 2011 at 07:39:20 PM EST
    Arrives at the home of his broadcast rival for a tense discussion of licensing; Murdoch eats, shoots, and leaves

    Not to put too fine a (none / 0) (#4)
    by oculus on Sun Jul 17, 2011 at 07:55:51 PM EST
    Point on it, methinks the Chief has fallen upon his sword in vain. See Ms. Brooks.

    hacking is hacking, I guess (none / 0) (#5)
    by diogenes on Sun Jul 17, 2011 at 08:30:42 PM EST
    From Wikileaks:
    "Bradley E. Manning (born December 17, 1987) is a United States Army soldier who was arrested in May 2010 in Iraq on suspicion of having passed restricted material to the website WikiLeaks. He was charged in July that year with transferring classified data onto his personal computer, and communicating national defense information to an unauthorized source."

    Those who can see beyond hatred of Rupert Murdoch will probably quickly realize that strict enforcement of antihacking rules will mainly work to the benefit of the establishment (which usually has something to hide) and against journalists of the left.

    has that been your (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by observed on Sun Jul 17, 2011 at 08:53:22 PM EST
    Consistent position on Manning?  Are you arguing that his actions are justified? Further, Murdoch, by spying on public figures for public gain, ought to be lauded as a liberal lion? What next ...Hitler was a Marxist who sang the Internationale in the shower?

    Great, I was Wondering What the Right Wing... (none / 0) (#10)
    by ScottW714 on Mon Jul 18, 2011 at 11:08:09 AM EST
    ... hack defense was going to be.

    What this story has to do with Manning is....
    Not a GD thing, not even in the same hemisphere.

    Well maybe, seems like they broadening their scope to Hollywood, so looks like they may related, like step cousins, removed 8 times.

    Or is every single leak/hack of information in the entire world now to be considered the same, let's toss in Citibank and Sony in this conversation as well.  And I almost forgot, some spyware was mysteriously put on my iPhone last year, so I guess I will give Murdoch a pass on interfering with murder investigations.

    Nice try.


    On Yeah (none / 0) (#11)
    by ScottW714 on Mon Jul 18, 2011 at 11:13:00 AM EST
    Manning in in prison...  The big fuss was his treatment, no one argued he shouldn't be there.

    But what the hell, let's put Murdoch in prison and treat him like Manning, then the left will be up in arms just as we were with Manning.  And the right will explode, exactly opposite of how they were with Manning because as your post so clearly indicate, they are idiots.


    In fact, Mr. Manning's (none / 0) (#6)
    by oculus on Sun Jul 17, 2011 at 08:50:10 PM EST
    previously protected communications have now been released. Where does it end, I ask you!

    Good for the Brits (none / 0) (#8)
    by Abdul Abulbul Amir on Mon Jul 18, 2011 at 08:15:12 AM EST

    Earlier today, Rebekkah Brooks was arrested when she showed up at police headquarters, thinking she was just going to answer questions.

    IMHO, this is the right way to arrest someone.  It sure beats sending the SWAT.


    Better... (none / 0) (#12)
    by kdog on Mon Jul 18, 2011 at 11:59:42 AM EST
    than a SWAT-style home invasion, to be sure...but still a tad dishonest.

    Sir Paul, it is reported in the NYT, (none / 0) (#9)
    by KeysDan on Mon Jul 18, 2011 at 09:44:06 AM EST
    stated that he will not "lose sleep over my personal integrity". Besides, he said, he had no idea that Neil Wallis, a former News of the World deputy editor who had become a p.r. consultant for the police after leaving the paper, was himself suspected of phone hacking. (Wallis was arrested last Thursday).

    Sir Paul also met over meals 18 times (it was not reported if these meetings were at a fish and chips pub or a place like  Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester)  with New International executives and editors during the phone-hacking investigation, and that other top police officials had had similar meetings. These meetings included meeting Mr.Wallis eight times while he was still working at The News of the World.    Not that there is anything wrong with that.  No Sir-ee.