Released in court was an email (provided by News Corp’s Management and Standards Committee) from in-house News International Lawyer Tom Crone dated September 15th 2006 apparently relaying information Rebekah Brooks had obtained from police officers in regard to the first arrests of Glenn Mulcaire and Clive Goodman.
Now that this matter has been adduced in court, the fact this was quoted by Robert Jay QC, counsel t0 the Leveson Inquiry, in February 2012 can be reported without prejudice.
Two emails of Andy Coulson’s to News of the World staff, urging them to follow up their Beckham, Sven and Blunkett exposes with more of the same, have also been released
Not anything new, of course, but it does reinforce in spades, the pressure the heads were put under (and therefore the pressure they put the reporters under) to constantly come up with the near-impossible. No wonder an insight – any insight like voice-mails – is an attractive option hard to resist. Not condoning it, o’ course.
Without any reference to the current eight defendants, who deny all the charges, the admissions about Mulcaire and existing guilty pleas do suggest a cut-throat culture where the financial imperatives lead to corners being cut.
It reminds me of something Carl Bernstein heard from a News Corp executive two and a half years ago:
“As one of his former top executives—once a close aide—told me, “This scandal and all its implications could not have happened anywhere else. Only in Murdoch’s orbit. The hacking at News of the World was done on an industrial scale. More than anyone, Murdoch invented and established this culture in the newsroom, where you do whatever it takes to get the story, take no prisoners, destroy the competition, and the end will justify the means.”
“In the end, what you sow is what you reap,” said this same executive.”
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