Someone's got some explaining to do. The U.K. parliamentary panel investigating the phone hacking scandal engulfing Britain has recalled James Murdoch to explain the inherent contradictions between his testimony in July and the testimony of his two former executives earlier this month. The Wall Street Journal highlights the conflicting evidence by the two parties:
News of the World's former editor, Colin Myler, and its former top lawyer, Tom Crone told the committee earlier this month that they informed James Murdoch in early 2008 of a crucial e-mail that suggested phone hacking at the News of the World went beyond a single reporter, contradicting Mr. Murdoch's July testimony. The two former executives testified they believed Mr. Murdoch understood the significance of the evidence—which came in the form of an e-mail related to a civil lawsuit...
James Murdoch has said that he stands by his testimony about the 2008 meeting with Messrs. Myler and Crone, which he said focused on why the company should settle a privacy-related lawsuit with a former soccer player. But he said they didn't show him the e-mail or tell him that the wrongdoing extended beyond a former News of the World royal correspondent and a private investigator on the paper's payroll who had been imprisoned in 2007 for phone hacking.
According to a News Corp. spokeswoman, James Murdoch will participate with the parliamentary committee. "James Murdoch is happy to appear in front of the committee again to answer any further questions that members might have," the spokeswoman said. Hinting at what the testimony might be like, John Whittingdale, the Conservative chair of the committee, told Sky News “My understanding is that he is willing to cooperate with all of the various inquiries which are underway. It may be that he just says he disagrees, but it would be helpful to hear that directly from him.” The committee has also recalled the former head of News Corp.'s U.K. newspaper division and former Dow Jones chief executive Les Hinton who was CC'd on some of the important e-mails involving the phone hacking case.