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Uploaded on Nov 12, 2011

Extract from BBC News. It is the James Murdoch hearing:

Update 1.15pm: A second Exocet but this time one that prompted an unequivocal response from James Murdoch.

Tory MP Louise Mensch asked him whether he was aware that not only had the lawyers representing hacking victims been followed by private detectives but so too had the 14 year old daughter of one of them.

James Murdoch looked shocked and described this as "appalling... shocking... unacceptable"

He went on to apologise to Committee member Tom Watson for the fact he was put under surveillance

Update 12.03pm: The scourge of the Murdochs, the Labour MP Tom Watson, has just launched his Exocet accusing James Murdoch of being "a mafia boss... running a criminal enterprise".

He did not carry the room. One fellow Committee member said "oh come on" whilst others sighed or tut tutted. James Murdoch was able to bat away the charge with the words "Mr Watson. Please" but neither he nor his aides were unsettled.

It was the verbal equivalent of the plate of foam deployed at the last hearing and is likely to have the same effect - it will steal the headlines but mask what Tom Watson and others have so doggedly revealed - that News International suppressed significant evidence of widespread illegality for more than two years.

It may reveal Tom Watson's frustration that he could not break down James Murdoch's claim that he never saw that evidence.

Update 11.42am: James Murdoch is insisting that he had no sight of, or knowledge of, the three critical documents which would have revealed to him that hacking was widespread at the News of the World:

- the "For Neville" email which allegedly proved that the paper's chief reporter had transcripts of hacked phone calls

- the Crone memo - a note from the paper's lawyer re evidence which was "fatal to our case"

- the Silverleaf opinion - the legal advice of senior counsel that there was "a culture of illegal access" to material

In other words, he paid damages to Gordon Taylor simply because he was advised that the company would lose in court and asked no questions about what had been uncovered.


George Galloway interviews Labour MP Tom Watson, the man who doesn't pull punches against the Murdoch empire and Fox News.

Originally broadcasted on talkSPORT 11th November. 2011.

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