UK investigators are using tough anti-spying laws to try and pressure The Guardian newspaper to reveal its sources
Rupert Murdoch holds a copy of The Times newspaper as he leaves his home in London / Reuters
LONDON, UK -- The phone hacking scandal involving the Murdoch media empire is escalating -- though careening or cascading might be better verbs.
In one of the latest mindboggling developments, London's Metropolitan Police Department, better known as Scotland Yard, which has been under serious criticism for having failed to investigate the phone hacking allegations when they first surfaced, has now filed a lawsuit to force The Guardian newspaper to reveal its confidential sources for stories about phone hacking at Murdoch's News of the World.
It might be seen as an act of revenge as the Guardian stories forced the police to resuscitate an investigation they had effectively closed. Scotland Yard believes that some of police officials may have been the Guardian's sources.
More startling, Scotland Yard is pursuing the newspaper under the country's Official Secrets Act. The law, which is considerably more sweeping -- some would say more draconian -- than anything the United States has, has generally been used to prosecute government officials, often spies, who leak information considered damaging to national security.