In new testimony, James Murdoch blames underlings

November 11, 2011 • Business

In this image made from video provided by the Parliamentary Recording Unit via APTN, News Corp. executive James Murdoch speaks during his second appearance before British parliamentarians investigating the country’s phone hacking scandal in London, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011. Murdoch insisted on Thursday he wasn’t told the whole truth about phone hacking at the News of the World, blaming subordinates for keeping him in the dark about the extent of wrongdoing at his company’s flagship Sunday tabloid. (AP Photo/Parliamentary Recording Unit via APTN) NO ARCHIVE, EDITORIAL USE ONLY

LONDON (AP) — He didn’t see. He wasn’t told. He didn’t know.

Called back to Britain’s Parliament after former News Corp. employees challenged his credibility, senior executive James Murdoch insisted he’d been kept in the dark about widespread phone hacking at his now-defunct News of the World tabloid, blaming two of his senior lieutenants for failing to warn him of the paper’s culture of criminality.

“None of these things were mentioned to me,” he told an often-skeptical House of Commons’ media committee.

Over more than two-and-a-half hours of questioning, Murdoch stuck to that line.

“It was not shown to me,” he said of an explosive email which implicated one of his top reporters in phone hacking.

“It didn’t occur to me to probe further,” he said when quizzed about the legal advice his subordinates had supplied him.

“It didn’t seem necessary for me to ask for a copy,” he said of a seven-page document warning of overwhelming evidence of illegal behavior at his company.

Speaking quickly and confidently, Murdoch laid the blame at the door of former News of the World Editor Colin Myler and former Login to read more

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