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  •  That's quite a report - thank you. (1+ / 0-)
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    Woody

    Describes how Murdoch used a secretive group called Operational Security to do whatever was needed to get the playing board slanted to pour money and power only to his corporation.

    Couple of graphs:

    A four-year investigation by The Australian Financial Review has revealed a global trail of corporate dirty tricks directed against competitors by a secretive group of former policemen and intelligence officers within News Corp known as Operational Security.

    Their actions devastated News’s competitors, and the resulting waves of high-tech piracy assisted News to bid for pay TV businesses at reduced prices – including DirecTV in the US, Telepiu in Italy and Austar. These targets each had other commercial weaknesses quite apart from piracy.

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    The issue is particularly sensitive because Operational Security, which is headed by Reuven Hasak, a former deputy director of the Israeli domestic secret service, Shin Bet, operates in an area which historically has had close supervision by the Office of the Chairman, Rupert Murdoch.
    The savory odor of all this seems to have passed directly into the noses and ambitions of Koch & Co to obtain ownership of the Tribune papers.

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