July 22, 2011

Neville Thurlbeck - focus of the latest batch of horror.

As was reported yesterday, there are now growing questions over the honesty of the testimony given by James Murdoch during the Inquiry hearings on Tuesday. One centers around Neville Thurlbeck, who was a registered unpaid Police informant and has been a key suspect in the phone hacking scandal and an e-mail and attached file that carefully listed transcribed hacked messages.

Murdoch denies any knowledge of the e-mail, however former NoTW editor Colin Myler and former head of legal affairs for News Of The World Tom Crone claim the younger Murdoch had full knowledge of the "For Neville" e-mail and file and has been lying to the Commission. If this winds up being true, and Murdoch is found to be lying, it tosses an enormous question mark over the entire testimony on Tuesday and puts James Murdoch in the position of being arrested and held for further questioning.

The end, it appears, is nowhere in sight and one imagines there won't be any rest for the weekend.

So today there are two clips - one from the BBC Radio 4 morning Program Today where BBC Legal editor Robert Peston is asked about the implications of this latest disclosure. The second clip is the news later on in the day as the story was developing via the BBC Radio 4 Program PM and the findings of the PM Privacy Commission. Incidentally, the entire report is available as a pdf download from the PM blog via BBC Radio 4. A very interesting read. Certainly timely.

Between the initial Today report and the PM report, attention was diverted because of the bombings in Oslo Norway and much of the news was focused on that. PM was going to devote the entire hour to results of the PM Privacy Commission findings regarding the News media and the recent disclosures. Instead, it was reduced to a little over a half hour, with the bulk of the broadcast dealing with the developing story in Norway, as two were reported dead at the time. Since airing (at 9:00 am PDT) the number of dead has risen to 16 and wounded has risen dramatically.

So here is the latest regarding the ongoing saga of Rupertgate as of 9:00 am PDT.

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