Gordon Brown 'targeted by Sunday Times'.

#1
It's only allegations at this point, but it doesn't suit well for Murdoch. (btw - can't work out how to make this look like a quote).

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"The Sunday Times is alleged to have targeted the personal information of the former Prime Minister Gordon Brown at the time he was chancellor, a BBC investigation has found.

Documents and a phone recording suggest "blagging" was used to obtain private financial and property details.

The Browns also fear medical records relating to their son Fraser, whom the Sun revealed in 2006 had cystic fibrosis, may have been obtained.

News International is yet to respond.

The company owns the Sun and the Sunday Times, and also owned the News of the World which was shut last week amid allegations of phone-hacking and illegal payments to police officers."
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BBC News - Gordon Brown 'targeted by Sunday Times'

Edit: see this is being discussed on the NotW thread, but thought the Time's will probably need it's own thread now, too.
 
#2
I wish they'd slotted the ****.
 
#5
Very curious but oh so convenient timing, n'est pas?

Hell hath no fury like a Cyclops scorned.
Just seen this in the comments section over at Guido's


In October 2006, the then editor of the Sun, Rebekah Brooks, contacted the Browns to tell them that they had obtained details from the medical file of their four-month-old son, Fraser, which revealed that the boy was suffering from cystic fibrosis.

News International papers targeted Gordon Brown | Media | guardian.co.uk

So why wait until 2011 to do something about it?

And one year later Sarah invited Rebekah to a slumber party at Chequers?


Im half tempted to phone up the BBC and give them the 'scoop' that during his reign Gordon 'no more boom and bust' Brown hacked my ****ing bank account.
 
#6
Why the **** didn't the idiots publish the fact he was a mentally unstable incompetant BEFORE he sold the gold and cocked up the rest of our economy, tantamount to collusion IMHO :-(
 
B

Biscuits_AB

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#7
Very curious but oh so convenient timing, n'est pas?

Hell hath no fury like a Cyclops scorned.
His timing couldn't have been better. I hope it's all true and that he puts the boot right into them. I'm hoping that there'll be some shit in amongst this recent 'revelation' which points to Blair doing Brown's legs. We've all suspected it happened and it was touched on once or twice by the press but died a death pretty quickly. Much as I want to see Cameron looking a complete **** over Miliband's claim that Cameron's story about Coulson doesn't add up, I would so love to see Blair exposed for what we all believed he was...oh, and his big grinning wife as well. I hope she features. I despise the ****ing lot of them.
 

jarrod248

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#10
Why the **** didn't the idiots publish the fact he was a mentally unstable incompetant BEFORE he sold the gold and cocked up the rest of our economy, tantamount to collusion IMHO :-(
That's a fair point and if he was proved to be deluded if we get a note from his psychiatrist can we have our gold back
 
#11
A bit of phone and bank account hacking doesn't do any harm. Way back in the early days of the last labour govt, when I was working as a consultant for the EC I was sent to investigate how effective demining (and the funding thereof) was in several countries. Naturally there was room for improvement and I reported as such. In fact an EC consultancy group that I was a member of reported some financial, erm, inconsistencies in some places and downright fraud in Bosnia. The EC tightened up their act (give them their due they did), but that left DFID the odd one out. No financial discipline or transparent controls ... anyway since I had rocked their boat I was targeted, emails hacked, voice mail hacked, internet disrupted, house burgled. Luckily I also have friends in strange places who were not at all happy about security assets being used for the oppression of honest citizens, so I survived. Sounds like fantasy doesn't it? I guess we will never know just how ****ing disgusting the Blair / Brown governments were.
 
#12
That's a fair point and if he was proved to be deluded if we get a note from his psychiatrist can we have our gold back
Don't be silly the police will say its a civil offence and we have to sue him. It would take years, probably 30 years. He would automatically get legal aid of course.
 
#13
His timing couldn't have been better. I hope it's all true and that he puts the boot right into them. I'm hoping that there'll be some shit in amongst this recent 'revelation' which points to Blair doing Brown's legs. We've all suspected it happened and it was touched on once or twice by the press but died a death pretty quickly. Much as I want to see Cameron looking a complete **** over Miliband's claim that Cameron's story about Coulson doesn't add up, I would so love to see Blair exposed for what we all believed he was...oh, and his big grinning wife as well. I hope she features. I despise the ****ing lot of them.
News International is the scandal that just keeps on giving. I've a feeling that a good part of the last decade's political skullduggery and double dealing is about to be spectacularly unravelled.

The best case outcome will see the reputations of certain major political figures finally trodden into the dirt, News International's influence on politics severely weakened and so many corrupt shits jailed, that they will be throwing barbed wire around old RAF camps just to house them.
 
#15
How do non celebs/members of the public find out if they too have been hacked? Is there an address/organisation to report it to?
As for Broon - public interest, so he can **** off. Shame that they tried to get info on his sprog, though.

Hacking a mobile is very easy and pretty pointless most of the time. Imagine someone like Victor Bout leaving a message on your mobile about the 500 RPGs he's deposited in your warehouse in Somalia. Ain't going to happen.

Celeb stuff is easier. They leave messages about arse transplants and liposuction on each other's mobiles all the time.

As for 'a number to call' in the event of complaint, try 0207 782 4000
 
#16
His timing couldn't have been better. I hope it's all true and that he puts the boot right into them. I'm hoping that there'll be some shit in amongst this recent 'revelation' which points to Blair doing Brown's legs. We've all suspected it happened and it was touched on once or twice by the press but died a death pretty quickly. Much as I want to see Cameron looking a complete **** over Miliband's claim that Cameron's story about Coulson doesn't add up, I would so love to see Blair exposed for what we all believed he was...oh, and his big grinning wife as well. I hope she features. I despise the ****ing lot of them.
Watching the Andrew Marr show yesterday,Ed got a bit hot under the collar when Marr asked him about his spin doctor Tom Baldwin,former Times Journalist engaging in unethical practices.

Namely commissioning a Private Detective, to obtain details of Lord Ashcroft’s bank accounts, to try and find out how much Ashcroft donated to the Tories.
Ed says it’s ridiculous, but Ashcroft’s spokesman says they have forensic evidence and intend to prove their case, and that Ed will regret saying what he said,oops. ;-)
 
#17
It sounds like journalism to me. Even obtaining details on his son is (though distasteful) quite clearly in the public interest, given that Brown was chancellor and the future PM.

Besides which, I quite like The Times. There's an 'angle' on a lot of stories, but the paper itself doesn't have much of a bias towards left/right/tory/labour/lib. They do a good job of avoiding sensationalism, and tend to report the facts they have, rather than the ones that are convenient to their 'take' on the story (ala Telegraph & Guardian).
 
#18
A bit of phone and bank account hacking doesn't do any harm. Way back in the early days of the last labour govt, when I was working as a consultant for the EC I was sent to investigate how effective demining (and the funding thereof) was in several countries. Naturally there was room for improvement and I reported as such. In fact an EC consultancy group that I was a member of reported some financial, erm, inconsistencies in some places and downright fraud in Bosnia. The EC tightened up their act (give them their due they did), but that left DFID the odd one out. No financial discipline or transparent controls ... anyway since I had rocked their boat I was targeted, emails hacked, voice mail hacked, internet disrupted, house burgled. Luckily I also have friends in strange places who were not at all happy about security assets being used for the oppression of honest citizens, so I survived. Sounds like fantasy doesn't it? I guess we will never know just how ****ing disgusting the Blair / Brown governments were.
I heard similar stories about people who objected to the government's handling of the foot and mouth crisis.
 
#19
News International is the scandal that just keeps on giving. I've a feeling that a good part of the last decade's political skullduggery and double dealing is about to be spectacularly unravelled.

The best case outcome will see the reputations of certain major political figures finally trodden into the dirt, News International's influence on politics severely weakened and so many corrupt shits jailed, that they will be throwing barbed wire around old RAF camps just to house them.
Last decade? More like last 30 years. It was Thatcher who let the Digger take over the media. She even wanted to give old Rupert a knighthood for turning the Sun into a Tory paper after it had always supported Labour.

btw. I loathe Brown as much as anyone, but some of the comments could show more sympathy for a bloke who was told by a tabloid that his child was terminally ill after they had hacked the kid's medical records.

That's not in the public interest, it's just sick.
 
#20
News International is the scandal that just keeps on giving. I've a feeling that a good part of the last decade's political skullduggery and double dealing is about to be spectacularly unravelled.
"About to be"? Are you Deep Throat?
 

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