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The Guardian and their reporter Nick Davies have been in the lead in exposing this story, including the unbelievable fact that masonic connections between an info broker and cops were exploited.

This late story is about how the closure of NotW may be the result of advice from Murdoch's stateside Iagoes, whose intention is to contain the scandal to Britain by closing down the news. Unfortunately, the cooties have already infected the CEO of the Dow Jones, a former employee of Murdoch. Nice.

One question that is likely to persist beyond the NoW's closure is the extent of the involvement of Les Hinton, the chief executive of Dow Jones. He was the executive chairman of Murdoch's UK newspaper arm, News International, between 1995 and 2007 when he moved to New York. He told the British parliament on two occasions in 2007 and 2009 that the hacking had been limited to just one rogue reporter, a claim now known to be untrue.

In his statement explaining the NoW closure, James Murdoch, chairman and chief executive of News Corporation, said: "The paper made statements to Parliament without being in the full possession of the facts. This was wrong." The comment appears to apply in part to Hinton.

....The involvement of a News Corporation subsidiary in illegal practices is particularly sensitive within the US given the importance of Murdoch as a political player. Most of the Republican candidates running for the White House in 2012 have until recently been on the payroll of the right-wing Fox News channel, while Murdoch donated $1m of News Corporation money to the Republicans in last November's mid-term elections.



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