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Murdoch: phone hack 'cover up'

Rupert Murdoch has blamed a cover up at the News of the World for his failure to act earlier. According to Mr Murdoch, a lawyer at the paper concealed the extent of phone hacking.

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  1. Keir Simmons

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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