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Todays news in the world of Murdoch is a follow-up to the committee  evidence given by Pike and Lewis last week. The committee today released the documents that they had been promised at that meeting. which is available here

Reuters reports the following Law firm documents add to heat on James Murdoch | Reuters

during testimony in October before the committee by Farrer & Co lawyer Julian Pike, the documents are expected to raise questions about an account James Murdoch, the presumed heir to the News Corp empire, gave during an appearance with his father before the committee.

James Murdoch told the committee in July he did not remember being briefed about settling a phone-hacking claim brought by Gordon Taylor, head of the English soccer players' union, until a meeting on June 10, 2008, with Colin Myler, then News of the World editor and Tom Crone, the tabloid's in-house lawyer.

But Pike told the committee last month that he had notes of a meeting between Myler and Murdoch on May 27, 2008, about the case. Pike said: "27 May was probably the first time James Murdoch had been given a briefing about the cases."

"So James Murdoch has mis-recalled the sequence of events in that regard ?" Pike was asked by Damian Collins, a member of the parliamentary committee.

"I think so, yes," Pike replied.

The documents are somewhat redacted for legal reasons. (In UK law publication of details ahead of trials can be seen to prejudice the impartiality of those trials)

The most interesting part of the new documentation is the legal opinion contained in the  Farrar notes from a senior barrister.  it includes several interesting quotes

There is overwhelming evidence of the involvement of a number of senior NGN journalists the illegal enquiries into {redacted} In addition there is substantial surrounding material about the extent of NGN journalists' attempts to obtain access to information illegally in relation to other  individuals. . In the light of these facts there is a powerful case  that there is (or was) a culture of illegal information access used at NGN in order to produce  stories for publication. Not only does this mean that NGN is virtually certain to be held liable to Mr Taylor, to have this paraded in a public trial would, I imagine be extremely dmaging to NGN's public reputation

He goes on to say that if this information had been known at the time of the Goodman and Mulcaire trial, then the prosecution would most likely have not accepted that the contract between Mulcaire and NGN was for legitimate purposes. this would have created a whole world of disaster for them.

The Guardian quotes from Internal NI messages

Phone hacking: NoW lawyer warned editor of 'damning email' in 2008 | Media | guardian.co.uk

News International executives consistently denied that they had been aware that any other reporters were implicated in alleged hacking until 2010, and Goodman was described as a "rogue reporter". However, the now released internal correspondence shows the company knew of evidence that Mulcaire worked for reporters other than Goodman.

Crone, writing to Colin Myler in May 2008, wrote: "This evidence, particularly the email from the News of the World is fatal to our case," he added in an email, referring to News International's defence of Taylor's infringement of privacy case.

"Our position is very perilous. The damning email is genuine and proves we actively made use of a large number of extremely private voicemails from Taylor's telephone in June/July 2005 and that this was pursuant to a February 2005 contract, ie a 5/6-month operation.

"He has no evidence that the News of the World continued to act illegally after that but he can prove Mulcaire continued to access his mobile until May 2006 (because Mulcaire pleaded guilty to it)."

John Whittingdale, the committe Chairman is now saying that
 the documents prove that NOTW senior managers were aware of hacking in 2008, and that statement Implies that the evidence given by News International to various  committees has been at best Dishonest.

No doubt more to come as people go through the documents in Further detail.

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  •  Tip Jar (17+ / 0-)

    Interviewer: What do you believe is behind this recent increase in terrorist bombings? Helpmann: Bad sportsmanship

    by ceebs on Tue Nov 01, 2011 at 11:27:19 AM PDT

  •  from a couple of days ago (9+ / 0-)

    Embattled News Corp. Exec James Murdoch Gets A Pay Raise | ThinkProgress

    Despite those scandals, BSkyB, a British broadcaster where Murdoch serves in a non-executive chairmanship position, announced this week that it was giving him a £1,300 raise. The announcement, the Telegraph reports,made no mention of the scandals that have enveloped News Corp. since early this summer:

    The increase, which brings Mr Murdoch’s pay for the non-executive role to £88,000, was revealed in an annual report from BSkyB that made no mention of the News of the World phone hacking scandal that has rocked News Corp and BSkyB, and ultimately derailed the deal.

    Earlier this year, News Corp. submitted a bid to take over the 61 percent of BSkyB it does not already own, but the Murdochs pulled the bid amid the growing phone hacking scandal. The cost of aborting the dealcost BSkyB £16 million.

    Interviewer: What do you believe is behind this recent increase in terrorist bombings? Helpmann: Bad sportsmanship

    by ceebs on Tue Nov 01, 2011 at 11:28:13 AM PDT

  •  In other news (9+ / 0-)

    The Leveson Inquiry has given core participant status to the National Union of Journalists, the Telegraph Media Group and Trinity Mirror Group.  

    Interviewer: What do you believe is behind this recent increase in terrorist bombings? Helpmann: Bad sportsmanship

    by ceebs on Tue Nov 01, 2011 at 11:33:26 AM PDT

  •  As you point out... (6+ / 0-)

    ...prima facie evidence both James and senior NI management (not to mention the fucking police) knew from the time of his trial and prison sentence that Goidman was not a sole 'rogue reporter'.

    On it's own thus makes James party to an attempt to pervert the course of justice, making large payments in order to prevent further extensive crimes coming to light

    "It is only for the sake of those without hope that hope is given to us." Walter Benjamin. More sane debate on the Moose

    by Brit on Tue Nov 01, 2011 at 11:48:40 AM PDT

    •  Well management yes (4+ / 0-)
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      But I'm thinking that it's still possible for James to deny knowing from this point, and claim that he was excluded from knowing as the senior staff thought they would be sacked if he knew the full extent.

      Interviewer: What do you believe is behind this recent increase in terrorist bombings? Helpmann: Bad sportsmanship

      by ceebs on Tue Nov 01, 2011 at 11:53:44 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  the other thing to ask (6+ / 0-)

      is what did hte Murdochs think they were doing allowing Farrars to release these documents? they could have stuck to confidentiality, It's something that seems to be an absolutely insane move on their part.

      Interviewer: What do you believe is behind this recent increase in terrorist bombings? Helpmann: Bad sportsmanship

      by ceebs on Tue Nov 01, 2011 at 12:06:50 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  I guess they think these are better (5+ / 0-)

        ...than the evidence the police are turning up. The notes say James "would sack them" (the other journalists) which gives him some cover - he would if he knew

        The fact all these proofs of a culture of illegality is deemed relatively good news only goes to show how deep the doo-doo really is

        "It is only for the sake of those without hope that hope is given to us." Walter Benjamin. More sane debate on the Moose

        by Brit on Tue Nov 01, 2011 at 02:54:19 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  You'd think so (3+ / 0-)
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          but you still have to wonder how. The only way that makes any sense is that you'd have to hang the underlings out to dry. and you would think that at least one of them isn't going to want to walk the plank for the bosses, or might just at this point in their life see spending a year or two inside for  a million or two in hard cash as just being too inconvenient.

          Interviewer: What do you believe is behind this recent increase in terrorist bombings? Helpmann: Bad sportsmanship

          by ceebs on Tue Nov 01, 2011 at 03:20:54 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

        •  Brit, you might find this is worthy (1+ / 0-)
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          Brit

          of a diary:

          The Australian editor bargained over lives in AFP raid.

          In short, the Australian newspaper, Rupert Murdochs national flagship, run at a loss, political manipulation tool, has been trying to prevent details getting out where it had published details, provided by a police officer, about terrorist suspects, Before they had been arrested.
          further, the AUS editor was warned he'd be putting lives at risk, to which the response was, how many?
          bit.ly/sw3xrA

          News Corp, owner of Fox News, tipping off terrorism suspects & knowingly putting the public at risk, could have makings of a decent diary.

          "You Still drilling for oil? Well good luck, I mean it. Idiot. Shine, Baby, Shine." JR Ewing

          by Unenergy on Wed Nov 02, 2011 at 03:20:45 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

  •  And An Australian story (4+ / 0-)
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    from elsewhere in the Murdoch empire

    Media Watch: Look both ways before Crossing the Line (31/10/2011)

    Now to Melbourne, where the week provided a classic example of how the media routinely ignores the opportunity to take a good hard look at itself.

    The big story in Victoria last Friday morning was this:

    Interviewer: What do you believe is behind this recent increase in terrorist bombings? Helpmann: Bad sportsmanship

    by ceebs on Tue Nov 01, 2011 at 12:40:52 PM PDT

  •  and from Yesterday (4+ / 0-)
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    Met officers 'received £20,000 bribes from private detectives' | News

    Scotland Yard is investigating claims that its officers took bribes in return for leaking sensitive information from an ongoing criminal investigation.

    Anti-corruption detectives have launched a probe into allegations that serving Met officers were paid by private investigators working for an international politician.

    Documents sent to the Met and seen by the Evening Standard suggest the high-profile figure hired investigators to obtain information on a police investigation into his business affairs.

    The papers allege the London-based private detective agency then paid Met officers £20,000 for inside information that helped his defence lawyers.

    Interviewer: What do you believe is behind this recent increase in terrorist bombings? Helpmann: Bad sportsmanship

    by ceebs on Tue Nov 01, 2011 at 01:59:01 PM PDT

  •  Telegraph view (4+ / 0-)
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    Video: News International 'is a house of cards falling down' - Telegraph

    Lawyer Mark Lewis says it is inconceivable that James Murdoch did not know that Gordon Taylor was paid an out of court settlement because his phone was hacked by News of the World journalists.

    Interviewer: What do you believe is behind this recent increase in terrorist bombings? Helpmann: Bad sportsmanship

    by ceebs on Tue Nov 01, 2011 at 01:59:31 PM PDT

  •  and here's the BBC take (2+ / 0-)
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    BBC News - Hacking: NoW executives 'were aware of practice'

    Phone hacking by News of the World journalists was known about by senior executives even as it was being denied, new evidence suggests.

    News International documents released by a Commons committee say some journalists carried out illegal practices between 2001 and 2003.

    But in 2008 the parent company was denying the practice went beyond one "rogue reporter".

    One document suggested the position was "fatal to our case".

    Interviewer: What do you believe is behind this recent increase in terrorist bombings? Helpmann: Bad sportsmanship

    by ceebs on Tue Nov 01, 2011 at 03:14:06 PM PDT

  •  Sky News wades in (2+ / 0-)
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    http://news.sky.com/...

    In a second document dated 2008, QC Michael Silverleaf told News International bosses there was "overwhelming evidence of the involvement of senior News Group Newspapers journalists in illegal enquiries".

    Mr Silverleaf was offering his legal opinion on how News International could handle the claim made by Mr Taylor, who was hacked by Mr Goodman and investigator Glen Mulcaire.

    He continued: "In addition, there is substantial surrounding material about the extent of NGN journalists' attempts to obtain access to information illegally in relation to other individuals.

    "In light of these facts there is a powerful case that there is (or was) a culture of illegal information access used at NGN in order to produce stories for publication.

    "Not only does this mean that NGN is virtually certain to be held liable to Mr Taylor, to have this paraded at a public trial would, I imagine, be extremely damaging to NGN's public reputation," he added.

  •  Bit of fun news, (1+ / 0-)
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    for us, not Murdoch...

    http://www.independent.co.uk/...

    Those with access to News Corp's data have revealed that The Daily is attracting just 120,000 readers a week. At its launch at the Guggenheim Museum in New York in February, Mr Murdoch, News Corp's chief executive, claimed it would "make the business of newsgathering viable again".

    Heh, love the comments for this article.

  •  The Independent's Front (1+ / 0-)
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    page headline for tomorrow.......

    "Lies, Damned Lies and News International"

    Love it.

  •  and more (1+ / 0-)
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    ericlewis0

    Phone hacking: Carole Caplin told she was target | Media | guardian.co.uk

    Cherie Blair's former confidant and lifestyle guru,Carole Caplin, has been told by the Metropolitan police that her mobile phone is likely to have been hacked on the instructions of theNews of the World.

    The fact that Caplin appears on a list of victims targeted by Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator who worked for the title, raises the prospect that messages left by former prime ministerTony Blair could have been intercepted by the paper. The Blairs were both close to Caplin during their time in Downing Street, a fact that antagonised some of the former Labour leader's closest advisers.

    Caplin's spokeswoman revealed on Tuesday that Scotland Yard, which is in the process of contacting all the people who appear in notebooks and other material seized in a 2006 raid on Mulcaire's home, had recently told her she was a victim.

    Interviewer: What do you believe is behind this recent increase in terrorist bombings? Helpmann: Bad sportsmanship

    by ceebs on Tue Nov 01, 2011 at 04:24:14 PM PDT

  •  Boom! (0+ / 0-)
    ...there is a powerful case  that there is (or was) a culture of illegal information access used at NGN in order to produce  stories for publication.

    w00t!

    also...just saw now on CurrentTV - a documentary to air Tuesday 9pm ET Murdoch: Breaking The Spell

    I ♥ President Barack Obama.

    by ericlewis0 on Tue Nov 01, 2011 at 05:38:45 PM PDT

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