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July 30 2011

04:30

A (false) clean bill of health? - Harbottle & Lewis clearing letter 2007 for News International

New York Times :: When a Parliamentary committee first confronted The News of the World with charges of phone hacking in 2007, the paper’s owners produced a reassuring, one-paragraph letter from a prominent London law firm named Harbottle & Lewis. Now two people familiar with internal discussions between News International and Harbottle & Lewis, who spoke on the condition of anonymity given the criminal investigations, said company executives urged Harbottle & Lewis to write a letter giving News International a clean bill of health in the strongest possible terms. But in the years since the letter was written, various revelations have confirmed that phone hacking was endemic at the tabloid. 

An investigation - continue to read Jo Becker | Don Van Natta Jr., www.nytimes.com

July 11 2011

04:46

NOTW e-mails found - Evidence of alleged criminal behaviour: payments to the police

BBC :: As BBC reports News International found e-mails in 2007 that appeared to indicate that payments were being made to the police for information, although this evidence of alleged criminal behaviour was not handed to the Metropolitan Police for investigation until 20 June of this year. According to sources, these e-mails were in the possession of the firm of solicitors, Harbottle & Lewis. They were retrieved from Harbottle & Lewis by lawyers acting for News Interernational and for William Lewis - general manager of News International - who is in charge of News International's clean-up of what went wrong at the News of the World, and who was recruited by News International last July.

Continue to read Robert Peston, www.bbc.co.uk

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