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E-mails 'didn't show' widespread hacking

2011-12-13 20:07

London - A lawyer asked by News International to examine e-mails for evidence tabloid executives knew about illegal activities, says he found no evidence knowledge of phone hacking was widespread.

Lawrence Abramson told Britain's media ethics inquiry he had discovered e-mails that would have portrayed the Rupert Murdoch-owned company in an "unfavourable light", but found nothing to support a former employee's claim that executives at the company knew of extensive hacking.

He said on Tuesday that he has since seen a batch of e-mails dating back to 2003 that he had not had access to during his initial review.

He told the inquiry that if he had seen those e-mails at the time, his report to News International would have been different.