Tony Blair's wife sues Murdoch company over hacking

Cherie Blair, wife of Tony (and herself a lawyer), decides she, too, must stand in line and sue News International over allegedly having her phone intercepted. And to think that the Blairs and the Murdochs used to be such friends.

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Rupert Murdoch was so looking forward to the launch this weekend of the Sun on Sunday, when suddenly a little more bad news was tossed at his mood.

For Cherie Blair, wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, has decided to sue Murdoch's News International. Yes, she too believes that her phone was hacked by unscrupulous, prying journalists.

The Guardian reveals electronically that she is not only suing News International, but also Glenn Mulcaire, a private investigator whom the News of the World allegedly employed to interfere with the telephony of many famous people--as well as of some ordinary citizens who just happened to be in the news.

Almost 60 people have already managed to extract financial penance from News International. But there are still reportedly at least 50 waiting in the wings for their star turn.

Some speculate that this hacking may have involved attempting to discover tidbits about Cherie Blair's sometime "lifestyle adviser," Carole Caplin, who was featured in some interesting newspaper articles over the years.

What might seem sad to a few is that the Blairs once seemed to be fast friends of Rupert Murdoch. Indeed, many believe that without the support of the Sun, Tony Blair would never have been elected.

Britain is surely enjoying peculiar times. The current prime minister's former communications director, Andy Coulson, is the subject of legal proceedings stemming from the alleged hacking--Coulson was once the News of the World's editor. And now the former prime minster's wife claims she, too, was eavesdropped upon.

This might be a reminder to so many in business that you only have friends for as long as there is a mutual--and material--benefit. However, one wonders just how many journalists in the U.S. might also have attempted a little hacking over the years and have yet to be discovered.

 

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