James, James, what’s to become of you and Daddy Dearest? Wasn’t it you who claimed oblivion to that enormous scandal that swirled around you like an industrial-sized toilet flush?
Hard evidence is a bitch.
LONDON — An e-mail chain released Tuesday by a parliamentary panel investigating the phone hacking scandal shows that Rupert Murdoch’s son James received and responded to messages in 2008 that referred to widespread phone hacking at The News of the World tabloid, the first documentation that he may have been notified of the wider problem long before he has admitted.
But see, he says he never read them. They just sat in his Blackberry. Unread. By him. He opened them, but, see, he didn’t actually read them. Not ever. Honest.
Except for this:
As he forwarded the chain to Mr. Murdoch, Mr. Myler warned that the situation was “as bad as we feared” and requests a meeting to discuss the matter further. Mr. Murdoch’s reply offering to talk came two minutes later.
Or maybe they were read and replied to by someone else. Maybe James’s phone was hacked.