Падение дома Мердока

НЬЮ-ЙОРК. В течение сорока лет, после того как дело Уотергейта поглотило президента США Ричарда Никсона, политики неоднократно игнорировали главный урок скандала: сокрытие хуже, чем преступление. Как Никсон, они заплатили более высокую цену за сокрытие своих проступков, чем они бы заплатили за сами проступки.

На этот раз речь идет о скандале, который нарушает это правило: дело о хакерской атаке на телефоны в Соединенном Королевстве, которая потрясла британскую политику до основания. Последние десять лет бульварная газета «The News of the World» («Новости Мира»), принадлежащая «News Corporation» Руперта Мердока, сделала своей целью голосовую почту 4000 людей. Список включает в себя не только членов королевской семьи, знаменитостей и других высокопоставленных лиц, но также семьи военнослужащих, погибших в Афганистане и Ираке, а также жертвы теракта, совершенного в июле 2005 года в Лондоне.

Все это раскрылось, когда газета «The Guardian» сообщила о том, что таблоид взломал голосовую почту пропавшей без вести 13-летней Милли Даулер, видимо в надежде получить некоторые личные выражения горя или отчаяния членов семьи, которые она могла бы выплеснуть на свою первую страницу. Когда шесть месяцев спустя было найдено тело убитой девушки, семья и полиция все еще думали, что она может быть жива, поскольку сотрудники «The News of the World» начали удалять сообщения, когда ее телефонный почтовый ящик переполнился. (По данным Скотланд-Ярда, хакеры Мердока предположительно подкупали офицеров полиции среднего звена, чтобы они также предоставляли информацию.)

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