The scandal in Britain over phone hacking and other illegal actions by News Corp. editors and reporters has already had serious consequences for the company, including the resignation of prominent corporate officials, the closing of a major newspaper and testimony under pressure by Rupert Murdoch and others before Parliament.
But all of that may eventually seem minor compared to what’s ahead. Evidence released by a parliamentary committee, including letters from a News Corp. reporter and the company’s legal firm, could end up producing criminal charges against James Murdoch and others.
If backed by supporting evidence, the revelations threaten the Murdoch empire.
As The Guardian reports:
“The letters from Goodman and from the London law firm Harbottle & Lewis are among a cache of paperwork published by the Commons culture, media and sport select committee. One committee member, the Labour MP Tom Watson, said Goodman’s letter was “absolutely devastating”. He said: “Clive Goodman’s letter is the most significant piece of evidence that has been revealed so far. It completely removes News International’s defence. This is one of the largest cover-ups I have seen in my lifetime.”
– Jay Bookman