As Rupert Murdoch rallies against parliament’s “lies”, the chairman of the committee that forced him to give evidence in Westminster has condemned “shocking” allegations that News Corp journalists hacked the phones of 9/11 victims.
“Each revelation has been horrifying when we heard it, but the effect of this is to make it an international issue and to make the matter become a matter for American authorities as well as UK ones”, John Whittingdale told the BBC on Friday morning.
The FBI last night said they were now investigating the claims.
Mr Whittingdale’s comments came after Rupert Murdoch defended himself and News Corp in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. He said his company had made “minor mistakes” but had generally managed the phone hacking scandal "extremely well in every way possible”.
Mr Murdoch also said he wanted to address some “total lies” that had been said in parliament in his select committee appearance.