Murdoch: 'I used wrong adjectives to voice frustration'

Home Affairs Select Committee chairman Keith Vaz wrote to Rupert Murdoch asking him to comment on the secret recording.

In a reply released today, Mr Murdoch said:

I accept that I used the wrong adjectives to voice my frustration over the course of the police investigation.

But I had been hearing for months about pre-dawn raids undertaken by as many as 14 police officers, and that some employees and their families were left in limbo for as much as a year and a half between arrest and charging decisions.

I have no basis to question the competence of the police and I and our newspapers respect the work that they do every day to protect the public.

But I do question whether, over the last two years, the police have approached these matters with an appropriate sense of proportion, and with regard for the human cost of delay.

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Hack probe 'gone on too long'

Rupert Murdoch has rowed back from claims that the investigation into phone hacking and corruption is "totally incompetent" but said Scotland Yard's probe appears "excessive" and has "gone on too long".