Ex-Execs Contradict James Murdoch Testimony

They say he was told of email revealing extent of hacking
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jul 22, 2011 8:03 AM CDT
A pedestrian stops by television screens showing Chief Executive of News Corporation Europe and Asia James Murdoch speaking to members of Parliament, July 19, 2011.   (AP Photo/Akira Suemori)

(Newser) – James Murdoch’s testimony to members of Parliament on the tabloid scandal is again being challenged, this time by two former News International executives. An ex-News of the World editor and another exec say that contrary to what the younger Murdoch testified, they “did inform” him of an email that pointed to the wider extent of phone hacking, the BBC reports. Murdoch had said he wasn’t “aware” of the email, which indicated that the hacking went beyond the activities of one “rogue” journalist.

Murdoch “stands by his testimony,” he said in a statement. The email was tied to Murdoch’s settlement of a lawsuit over the phone hacking of a soccer union leader—it contained the transcript of a hacked cellphone message, and was labeled "for Neville," likely a reference to one of the paper's chief reporters. The executives say they told Murdoch that the settlement was remarkably big; had the lawsuit gone forward, notes the New York Times, the email would probably have become public—striking a blow to the firm’s claims that just one reporter was involved in hacking. (Read more News Corp stories.)

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