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SECRETLY RECORDED TALK EMBARRASSES RUPERT MURDOCH

July 4, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

A secretly recorded talk to reporters working for his London tabloid The Sun reveals that Rupert Murdoch regretted the decision by News Corp’s management and standards committee to hand over email and other documents that have implicated dozens of the reporters in plots to hack the phones of celebrities and bribe police officers for information. Those disclosures, Murdoch is heard remarking on the tape, were “a mistake, I think. But, in that atmosphere, at that time, we said, ‘Look, we are an open book, we will show you everything.’ And the lawyers just got rich going through millions of emails.” He said that the committee hasn’t given police anything “for months” and is now telling police “Get a court order.” Murdoch insisted that the reporters hadn’t done “anything that wasn’t being done across Fleet Street and wasn’t the culture. And we’re being picked on.” As far as making payments to police, he said, “that’s been going on a hundred years, absolutely. You didn’t instigate it.” He assured his reporters that if any are convicted, “I’ve got to be careful what comes out — but frankly, I won’t say it, but just trust me. OK?” Following the release of the transcript of Murdoch’s remarks on the Exaro.com website, News Corp issued a statement saying that he “never knew of payments made by Sun staff to police before News Corporation disclosed that to UK Authorities.” But British MP Tom Watson, who spearheaded a Parliamentary investigation of the phone-hacking and bribery scandals, has called on police to question Murdoch directly. “What he seems to be saying there is that they stopped co-operating with the police before The Sun staff started to rebel,” Watson said during an interview on Britain’s Channel 4. “And what I would like to know is what are they sitting on that they’ve not given the police.”