Pressure mounts on James Murdoch as fresh NoW hacking evidence emerges

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By John Glenday, Reporter

November 2, 2011 | 1 min read

Battered New International executives have been dealt a fresh blow after it emerged that senior bosses were warned of “a culture of illegal information access.”

The claim was made by a company lawyer back in June 2008, who pointed the finger at “at least three” journalists and has only just come to light.

Even then the incendiary nature of the claims was noted, prompting the firm’s lawyers (Farrer & Co) to bury the notes – until they were forced to hand them over to the culture, media and sport select committee.

The fresh evidence piles further misery on Rupert Murdoch’s heir apparent, James Murdoch, who is struggling to explain his authorisation of a £425,000 payment to a hacking victim – allegedly to buy his silence.

News International are maintaining the line that Murdoch did not see the lawyers opinion and believed that hacking did not extend beyond a single rogue reporter.

Committee chairman John Whittingdale said however; “This contradicts the evidence given to us previously and we shall be asking about this when James Murdoch comes before the committee."

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