Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Murdoch in the Commons: "I betrayed and humiliated"

 - "We are deeply sorry for the victims of wiretaps and put things in place to ensure that nothing similar could happen in the future," begins James Murdoch. "It's the most humiliating day of my life," interrupted the father Rupert, and then let it go. Begins with a public mea culpa to the expected testimony before the House of Commons Culture Committee of the Australian media tycoon and heir, at the center of the scandal that is shaking the interception of Great Britain and the premier David Cameron.

Answering in monosyllables, sometimes hesitant, pressed by Labour MP Tom Watson, the Australian magnate said to have been clearly cheated and have always told the truth, refusing to assume the ultimate responsibility for the incident. "I only found out eight days ago and I was shocked, shocked and mortified," he added, especially after discovering that the mobile Milly Dowler, the girl killed by a maniac in 2002, had been intercepted.

News of the World was closed "for shame", he explained, "for betraying the trust of readers." But the tycoon is called out: "I am not responsible for what happened." "And who is responsible?", He was asked. "The people under me, or perhaps people working for them," he told the committee.

"I have 53 thousand employees, delegating to others the current business," he added. With regard to possible interception, then the United States, Murdoch said that there is no evidence that the victims of September 11 have been spied on by News Corp. journalists. "I can not believe anyone can be successful in America," but if I were to jump out of evidence, "we will treat them the same way we treat here the tapping scandal." On his relationship with Prime Minister David Cameron Murdoch told to "be entered through the back door" when he went to Downing Street to meet David Cameron after the last general election.

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