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Friday, July 22, 2011

James Murdoch Misled Parliament

Gordon Taylor

Gordon Taylor was a talented British football player and became chief executive of the English Footballers' Trade Union, The Professional Footballers Association and is reported to be the highest paid union official in the world. News International paid him $1.1 million in legal costs and damages in exchange for a confidentiality agreement barring him from speaking about the case.

James Murdoch tried to blame Colin Myler and Tom Crone for concealing vital information from him regarding the phone hacking of affair. Both former senior executives of News Of the World are now unemployed and they spent all day yesterday trying to figure out what to do.

James knew very well about the confidential financial settlement to Gordon Taylor whose voice mail was broken into by News of the World. The company settled the suit in June 2008 and James authorized the $1.1 million payout. So Mr Myler and Mr Crone decided to make a statement yesterday which read "We would like to point out that James Murdoch's recollection of what he was told when agreeing to settle the Gordon Taylor litigation was mistaken."

Surely this must mean that Rupert's son has deliberately mislead parliament, something that carries a heavy penalty. But he's not a British subject, he's an American citizen, so what happens now?