Neil Wallis, the man behind the phone hacking for News Corp, was also hired by Scotland Yard to consult for them -- right at the same time, coincidentally, that the Yard decided not to dig deeper into the phone hacking -- which is unbelievable, when you wrap your head around it. Likewise, I'm sure you remember when climate-change deniers -- especially those employed by Fox News -- seized on some hacked emails and then had a field day.
Keith Olbermann wonders if Wallis had a hand in the leaked emails and breaks it down. Ultimately, you have to wonder if the fake "ClimateGate scandal" was a product of hacking by News Corp as well.:
The Murdoch Phone-Hacking Scandal may have just metastasized. The so-called "Climate-Gate" controversy -- in which e-mails about global warming were stolen from researchers at Britain's University of East Anglia in November, 2009 -- now turns out to bear the stamp of Neil Wallis, one of the key figures in Murdoch's hacking of the phones, voicemails, and other electronic communications of thousands of people.
Wallis is unique in this scandal. He had been the Executive Editor of Murdoch's News Of The World when hacking was at its peak. Yet in 2009 he wound up being hired by the police as a public relations consultant while the police investigated the hacking scandal. And he wound up spying for Murdoch's people on what Scotland Yard was investigating.
Wallis was, as the New York Times put it, "reporting back to News International while he was working for the police on the hacking case."
Moreover, while Wallis was keeping Murdoch's organization apprised of what and whom the police were investigating, the police were trying to convince other news organizations not to cover the story -- a suppression of evidence that benefited both the police and Rupert Murdoch. As the British newspaper The Guardian reported last Friday: "Scotland Yard's most senior officers tried to convince the Guardian during two private meetings that its coverage of phone hacking was exaggerated and incorrect without revealing they had hired Neil Wallis…"
It was neither exaggerated nor incorrect. Last Thursday, Neil Wallis was arrested. Last night, it was revealed that while acting as a double-agent for Scotland Yard and Murdoch, Wallis was also consulting Conservative Party Leader David Cameron during the 2010 election that saw Cameron rise to become the nation's Prime Minister.
Today, bobbing up to the surface through this vast ocean of ethical filth, comes Neil Wallis's role… in "Climate-Gate."
On November 20th, 2009, somebody broke into a computer server at the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, and stole thousands of emails and computer files. The documents were leaked to Climate Change Deniers, and although exhaustive analysis later proved that the emails merely revealed scientists' anxiety that Climate Data and Research were being properly handled and studied, the Deniers have treated those emails as if they were a kind of Holy Grail of fraud. They claim the emails not only disproved all of climate change, but also that they proved that scientists had doctored data in order to exaggerate the urgency of an international conference on climate change coming up the next month in Copenhagen in Denmark.
As the corporations and lobbyists who sought to feed the myth that there is no man-made climate change disseminated, exploited and deliberately misinterpreted the stolen e-mails -- and used Fox News and other Murdoch enterprises as their principle venues -- the victims, the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, decided they'd better hire a public relations pro to help them fight back. They hired… Neil Wallis...read on
More and more information is coming out in the very real Rupertgate scandal, and Wallis is in the middle of it all.
UPDATE: James Murdoch has now had his testimony questioned by former NOTW executives:
Evidence on phone hacking given to MPs by News International chairman James Murdoch has been called into question by two former executives at the firm.
He told the media committee on Tuesday he had not been "aware" of an email suggesting the practice went wider than a "rogue" News of the World reporter.
But ex-NoW editor Colin Myler and ex-NI legal manager Tom Crone have now said they "did inform" him of the email. Mr Murdoch later said he "stands by his testimony".
Meanwhile, the BBC has learned the FBI plans to contact actor Jude Law following claims his mobile phone was hacked during a visit to the US. It is alleged a story published by the NoW in 2003 was based on information obtained from his voicemail which, if proved, could lead to charges in the US because his phone would have been operating on a US network. News International denies the claims.