Former Murdoch Lawyer Tells Parliament James Murdoch Lied About Hacking [VIDEO]
9:28 am, October 20th | by Amy Tennery
Another former Murdoch attorney has spoken out in the News Corp phone hacking case, alleging that James Murdoch was aware of widespread hacking at News of the World as far back as 2008. Julian Pike, a former News Corp lawyer, told Parliament yesterday that he personally saw a memo sent to Murdoch, which said explicitly that hacking at NOTW was not limited to one “rogue reporter.”
This is going to get ugly.
Pike’s testimony will likely lend some credibility to former News Corp attorney Tom Crone’s testimony last month, during which time he told Parliament that James Murdoch wouldn’t have authorized a 2008 hacking settlement if he hadn’t been aware of the evidence linked to it. Whereas Crone’s argument was theoretical (albeit logical), Pike’s seems more rooted in physical evidence.
But, before you start applauding Pike for coming forward, there’s one unfortunate detail in this particular testimony: Pike has now allegedly known for years that this was going on. And, when asked by an MP if he did anything to sound the alarm on the phone hacking, here was his reply: “To be honest, I haven’t done very much.”
This is especially bad considering Pike’s stature in the legal community. His firm, Farrer and Co., also works for the Queen of England according to the Telegraph, a detail that MP Farrelly latched onto:
“I’m just imagining a headline — Queen’s solicitors knew that News of the World was lying to Parliament but did nothing about it. Do you think that reflects well or badly?”
I mean, it’s kind of a long headline… but yea, it works.
Check the video from Pike’s testimony, from the Telegraph: