Rupertgate Monday - News of mass deletion of e-mails at News International according to Tech firm, BSkyB gives a vote of Confidence to James Murdoch and Grumblings from stateside Shareholders of Newscorp that a movement is afoot to ouster Rupert Murdoch. All in a day.
August 1, 2011

News International - when in doubt, delete.

Todays latest on the saga of Murdoch comes minus radio reports, as the BBC is currently on strike in their news divisions and the regularly scheduled information programs are replaced by bare-bones minimum news headlines.

But suffice to say it's been an interesting Monday, leading in from the weekend, where BkyB reportedly gave a vote of confidence to James Murdoch and the go ahead to stay as head of the unit (for now). That said, there have been reports the past several days, and surfacing again today that a movement is afoot by disgruntled shareholders in Newscorp that Rupert Murdoch should be unseated and relinquish his power-grip on the empire. A civil suit has been filed by shareholders. This is all based on gathered evidence that suggests Newscorp did in fact hack the phones of 9/11 victims Stateside, although the Attorney General has yet to issue a report on any findings. The storm clouds are more than gathering on this side of the Atlantic.

Meanwhile, back in the UK - It was reported to The Guardian today that Tech firm HCL has uncovered evidence it was aware of thousands of deleted e-mails from News International between April 2010 and July 2011. Although HCL adds it was not directly responsible for the mass deletion, but said an as-yet unnamed vendor was responsible and that HCL merely cooperated with the vendor with deletions. All registering surprise, please raise you hands. Yeah, I thought so.

It just continues to get more interesting as the hours and days past.

Of course, my immediate question, with regards to our Stateside investigations, is how much mass deletion has taken place over here, particularly since the UK story broke and all attention was was directed to the goings on in London? Certainly several weeks/months of heads-up could wipe out an immense amount of damaging information.

Hopefully the strike will be over soon at the BBC (two weeks ago it was a 24 hour walk out) and more light will be shed by tomorrow.

Until then. It doesn't even do any good to use your imagination, unless you have your feet firmly planted in the absurd.

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