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Murdoch paints himself as victim of cover-up

One of the crucial claims from Rupert Murdoch's evidence to Leveson this morning is that some people in his company were responsible for a cover up of the extent of phone hacking.

He is painting a picture of himself as a victim of the cover up.

Whether you agree is up to you and clearly the people he is referring to would reject the allegation.

But this is what he said:

"I do blame one or two people for that who, perhaps I shouldn't name, for all I know they may be arrested."

"There's no question in my mind... Someone took charge of a cover up which we were victim to and I regret."

So the boss says his company did mislead people without his knowledge. The implications could be serious, because those potentially misled may include the police and shareholders.

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Murdoch attacks 'unethical' Mail editor Dacre

"I'm under strict instructions from my lawyers not to say this," said Rupert Murdoch, before launching into a scathing criticism of Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre.

"I was really shocked by the statement from Mr Dacre the other day that his editorial policy is driven by commercial interests.

"I think that is about the most unethical thing I have read for a long time, and what's more from the most surprising source, as I have great respect for his abilities."

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