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Was the Murdoch hacking group behind “Climategate”?

Posted by Charles II on July 20, 2011

The possibility was raised by Keith Olbermann. Joe Romm, Media Matters:

There have been countless independent investigations into the scientists whose e-mails were hacked in November 2009. And the scientists have been (quietly) vindicated every time …

But we still don’t know who hacked the emails! And now we know that one of the key investigative bodies tasked with tracking down the hackers — Scotland Yard – were compromised at the time.

How were they compromised? Neil Wallis — the former News of the World executive editor — became a “£1,000 a day” consultant to Scotland Yard in October 2009. Last week he became the ninth person arrested in the metastasizing News Corp scandal “on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications, contrary to section 1(1) Criminal Law Act 1977.”
[Another segment of News Corp was engaged in computer hacking and was forced to settle with Floorgraphics]

Here’s one more astrological coincidence of the highest order: In October 2009, Wallis became a senior consultant to Outside Organisation — a PR firm and crisis management agency, which … wait for it … “was used by the UEA following the Climategate scandal.”

…most people think that UEA’s crisis management was catastrophically bad for months — “covert” is a good word for it, though I prefer “virtually nonexistent.”
So the Climategate investigation should not involve Scotland Yard, and should investigate whether News Corp had any involvement. It could start by investigating whether News Corp hacked the phone of any climate scientists.

Keith said that the number of phone hack victims is up to 12,000.

Crossposted to FDL. Where, much to my amazement, it hit the recommended list.

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The “Mike Brodkorb Bill”: Curbs Politicking On State Of Minnesota’s Dime

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 20, 2011

Former “independent blogger” Michael Brodkorb wears two hats: he is the Deputy Chair of the Republican Party of Minnesota, and he is an employee of the Minnesota State Legislature as the Republican Senate caucus’ communications director, and puppeteer of executive assistant to Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch.

He has trouble keeping those two roles separate — in fact, one might think, judging from his actions, that he really doesn’t even try to keep the two roles separate. Witness his series of Tweets last night, of which this is a typical example:

This immediately attracted the notice of various other Twitterers who were online at time, and who were eager to inform him of the error of his ways, as shown here:

Fortunately for Mr. Brodkorb, some helpful legislators introduced a bill yesterday that, if adopted, would end his confusion permanently — by making him choose which job he’d rather keep:

Winkler; Greiling; Hansen; Melin; Murphy, E.; Gauthier and Davnie introduced:

H. F. No. 16, A bill for an act relating to state government; prohibiting officers of major political parties from being employed by the legislature; amending Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 3.07.

The bill was read for the first time.

Of course, the Republicans controlling both houses of the state legislature won’t approve of this. They need Brodkorb to tell them how to blow their noses.

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