Leave it to a Rupert Murdoch owned company to twist the facts into something that doesn’t even closely resemble the truth. Sky News on Thursday admitted to accessing computers illegally, but then turned around and said its actions were fine because it ultimately helped the greater good.
Reporters for Sky News had breached the email protocols for Anne and John Darwin, better known as the “canoe couple” who became notorious after John Darwin faked his own boating accident death.
According to workers at Sky News, they intercepted the couple’s emails and then wrote stories about their actions. After they were done bastardizing the stolen information they then graciously turned over the couple’s emails to police and insisted that their actions were 100 percent fine because they helped law enforcement.
In a statement regarding the companies illegal actions Sky News’ chief said:
“We stand by these actions as editorially justified and in the public interest. We do not take such decisions lightly or frequently.”
What might be most shocking is that the story wasn’t uncovered until recently, despite the fact that a report several years ago clearly stated in a July 21, 2008 post:
“We discovered an email…”
If anyone had taken a moment to question how Sky News “discovered” that e-mail this case could have been blown wide open a long time ago.
In the meantime this most recent round of accusations could lead to complications in Rupert Murdoch’s attempt to purchase satellite broadcaster BSkyB as that business decision is sure to come under even more scrutiny based on the Sky News hack and the companies weird justification for breaking the law.