Phone hacking: email to James Murdoch was deleted – Telegraph
Mr Murdoch was sent the email detailing a hacking claim by Gordon Taylor, the chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association, on June 7, 2008.
Mr Myler describes Mr Taylor’s case against the paper and requests a meeting with Mr Murdoch. The News International chairman replies two minutes later agreeing to the meeting, but has subsequently claimed he had not had time to read the email in full.
Linklaters, a law firm representing News International, has written to the Commons culture, media and sport committee saying that the email was deleted on Jan 15 2011. Operation Weeting began 11 days later.
The deletion is thought to have happened during or shortly after News International’s internal trawl of emails, the results of which were passed to the police.
In a letter to the committee, John Turnbull of Linklaters said: “Mr Murdoch’s copy of the email was deleted from his mailbox by a member of News International’s IT department on Jan 15 2011 as part of [an] email stabilisation and modernisation programme.
“Mr Myler’s copy of the email was lost from the email archive system in a hardware failure that occurred on Mar 18 2010. The email archive system was subject to many such incidents.”
A spokesman for News International declined to comment. In a separate letter to the committee, Mr Murdoch said: “I wish to confirm again that I was not aware of evidence of widespread wrongdoing and did not seek to conceal it.”