Further evidence of criminality at Murdoch's News Corporation with revelations that the company was sitting on emails dating back to 2007 indicating that payments were being made to the police for information. Despite that, the company did not hand the information over to police until June 20 this year.
This was based on a collection of 2,500 emails, which appear to have shown that the News of the World's editor Andy Coulson authorised payments to police officers, and that phone hacking was more widespread than the activities of a single "rogue reporter", as the company subsequently claimed.
The Guardian reports that there was an internal inquiry and that executives with access to that inquiry's findings were Les Hinton, the chairman of News International at the time, Tom Crone, the company's legal counsel, and Colin Myler, the editor of the News of the World. News International then passed on around 300 emails to the legal firm Harbottle & Lewis. In other words, News Corporation knew all along that what it was doing was illegal but there was a cover up.
The question is who else was in on the cover up. Was Rupert Murdoch aware of it?
Consider this: in December 2007, James Murdoch took charge of News International as chief executive of the European and Asian operations of its parent company, News Corporation. Four month later, he authorised the payment of a substantial out-of-court settlement, running to hundreds of thousands of pounds, with Gordon Taylor, chief executive of the Professional Footballers' Association, over the hacking of Mr Taylor's phone. Was James Murdoch aware of these emails? And for that matter, are we to seriously believe that James Murdoch agreed to pay that hush money without his father's authorization?