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November 2, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

James Murdoch, News Corp’s presumed heir to his father Rupert’s throne, will undoubtedly be questioned next week about new documents released today (Wednesday) by a committee of Parliament, revealing that company attorney Michael Silverleaf advised it to settle a case brought by the head of the Professional Footballers Association. Gordon Taylor, the CEO of the PFA, a 2008 letter from Silverleaf revealed, had obtained evidence that Taylor’s voicemail had been hacked by a News of the World reporter. Moreover, Silverleaf said in the letter, there was “overwhelming evidence” that a “culture of illegal information access” existed at the tabloid. Silverleaf sent the letter to Tom Crone, head of the legal department at the paper, and Colin Myler, who was its editor at the time. In previous testimony, the younger Murdoch, who headed News International, which oversees News Corp’s newspapers in the U.K., said that Crone and Myler had never informed him that hacking was conducted by more than one reporter, something that Crone and Myler have denied. An additional email from Crone, released by the committee today, notes that Taylor had received the names of other News of the World reporters who had accessed phone numbers illegally. “A number of those names are still with us and some of them have moved into prominent positions on NoW and The Sun [another News International newspaper],” Crone wrote. “Our position is very perilous. The damning email is genuine and proves we actively made use of a large number of extremely private voicemails.”