Only a few days ago I posted that Rupert Murdoch was hit by 600 fresh claims of phone hacking.
Make that 800 and counting.
The revelations come at the worst possible time for David Cameron as he prepares to battle in parliament to protect the newspaper industry from what he fears is excessive state-backed regulation.
According to the BBC, the Sun apologized in the High Court for retrieving personal information on a stolen cell phone belonging to a Labour MP. Via Liberal Conspiracy, this tweet from their post titled, Why it’s significant the Sun admits hacking a Labour MP’s stolen phone:
Hi @rupertmurdoch Do you remember saying this on 26/4/12? “editors are all responsible for their papers. I certainly hold them..for that.”
— tom_watson (@tom_watson) March 18, 2013
I think [MP] Tom Watson is also thinking the same thing.
Here’s the latest, via The Independent:
More than 800 potential new phone-hacking victims have been identified, the High Court will hear today, after a tabloid “supergrass” helped police secure fresh evidence.
Officers believe they have discovered evidence of a widespread but previously unknown conspiracy centred on the News of the World features desk, indicating that phone-hacking was deeply ingrained throughout Rupert Murdoch’s tabloid empire.
The development threatens to reignite the debate surrounding press misconduct on the day that MPs vote on rival plans to implement the regulatory proposals of Lord Justice Leveson.
So far 2,500 people whose phones may have been hacked have been notified, and that number could rise “due to the scale of the additional conspiracy.” New claims against News International are expected to pour in.
Information on how much money has already been paid out and to whom is here.