November 11, 2011 · 0 Comments
You must be the first Mafia boss in history who didn’t know he was running a criminal enterprise.
Labour MP Tom Watson
News International’s former legal manager has disputed James Murdoch’s evidence on phone hacking to MPs – saying the executive chairman knew exactly what was going on at the company.
Tom Crone said Mr Murdoch had been shown a crucial email, which indicated hacking went beyond a single reporter at the News Of The World (NOTW), during a meeting with himself and editor Colin Myler in 2008.
But Mr Murdoch, giving evidence to MPs on Thursday, denied he had seen the so-called ‘For Neville’ email.
He accused Mr Crone and Mr Myler of “misleading” the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee in September when they gave evidence amounting to the exact opposite.
The ‘For Neville’ email, written in 2005, is said to be a transcript of hacked private information about Gordon Taylor, the chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association, and appears to have been intended for Neville Thurlbeck, the NOTW’s former chief reporter.
Of Mr Myler and Mr Crone’s account, the News International chairman said: “I believe their testimony was misleading and I dispute it.”
By Emma Brown