Murdoch allstar scandal: mucking up a hunt for a serial killer
Posted by Charles II on March 20, 2012
Lisa O’Carroll, The Guardian:
The News of the World jeopardised the hunt for the Ipswich serial killer in 2006 after it hired former special forces soldiers to follow a police surveillance team tracking suspects, the Leveson inquiry into press standards has heard.
Dave Harrison, a retired officer with the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca), was part of a surveillance team set up to keep tabs on suspects in the high-profile murder hunt.
Harrison told the Leveson inquiry on Monday that he was personally followed by the Sunday tabloid’s team, which appeared to have professional knowledge of surveillance techniques. “I believe that, by its actions, News of the World jeopardised the murder inquiry,” he said.
I’m not sure which was worse: deleting phone messages to a slain child, keeping her parents hopes up, or this. If we ever do colonize the moon, I’d like to volunteer the entire Murdoch family to go. As convicts.
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