The website which finally ran the story, Byline.com, is substantially funded by a Chinese billionaire who has attacked independent journalism, defended dictatorship, said the West is “morally bankrupt” and written that its survival “may depend… on becoming less democratic”.
Byline.com’s manager, Peter Jukes, has been paid by the controversial campaign group Hacked Off, which has claimed that newspapers may have withheld the story to threaten Mr Whittingdale.
Byline.com worked alongside Hacked Off to promote the story to the BBC and other outlets, which could undermine Mr Whittingdale, who opposes Hacked Off’s demand for state-backed regulation of the press.
Many key figures associated with Hacked Off, including former director, Brian Cathcart, write for Byline.com. Max Mosley, a major donor to Hacked Off, has also funded Byline.com.
It’s also connected with Exaro. Dodgy bunch to me.
And re the bird herself, no good images around with a quick search but some. Definitely toothsome if long in them. If I was a single bloke on Match.com I’d certainly accept a date or two.
All seems very contrived indeed really.