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The first MoS splash to mention Blair set the scene: “Relations between Rupert Murdoch and Tony Blair have collapsed over reports of Mr Blair’s friendship with the media mogul’s ex-wife, Wendi Deng. The former Prime Minister has always maintained his friendship with Ms Deng is platonic. But Mr Murdoch is said to regard the rift with Mr Blair as ‘terminal’ and has refused to speak to him since he filed for divorce from Ms Deng in June. Mr Blair has tried to contact Mr Murdoch but has been rebuffed”.
Look guys, let's, hey, y'know ... move on
It went on: “Sources close to Mr Murdoch in London say that staff at his home in California claimed Mr Blair and Ms Deng stayed there overnight at the same time on weekends in October 2012 and April this year, without Mr Murdoch’s knowledge. It is also claimed that Mr Blair and Ms Deng had ‘multiple encounters’ of which Mr Murdoch was unaware”.
Glover tells “I have been told that a cache of documents was passed by a senior columnist on the Murdoch-owned Sun to Simon Walters, the Mail On Sunday’s ace reporter, on its proprietor’s instructions”. Note that Glover specifies the Sun, not its Sunday counterpart or any other Murdoch title. Note also that whoever the conduit was, Murdoch must have been certain that that person would behave as he instructed.
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And that person is a “senior columnist”, not an executive. Right now, my Occam’s Razor leads to only one name, and that name is the unimpeachably faithful Murdoch retainer Trevor Kavanagh. Kav has been with the Sun alone for more than 35 years, and before that worked on one of Rupe’s Australian titles, the now-defunct Sydney Daily Mirror. Murdoch could trust him. The MoS would know his information was good.