Police make new arrest in UK phone hacking inquiry
In his response, Goodman insisted that his activities had been carried out with the support of other members of staff and alleged that phone hacking had been routinely discussed.
However, in a 2007 appearance before the House of Commons media committee, Hinton assured parliamentarians that no one else at the paper had been engaged in phone hacking.
Hinton, who worked for Murdoch for more than five decades in various positions, announced his resignation July 15 from his post as publisher of The Wall Street Journal. He is News Corp.’s first U.S. executive to lose his job in the phone hacking scandal.
In his resignation letter, Hinton referred to what he’d told U.K. parliamentarians in 2009, claiming that there “had never been any evidence delivered to me that suggested the conduct (phone hacking) had spread beyond one journalist.”
“This is pretty devastating,” Murdoch biographer Michael Wolff said of the newly released documents, claiming that they showed that the “people who Rupert speaks to every day … are people who were deeply engaged in the cover up of what was going on at the News of the World.”
Hinton was appointed earlier this year to be a member of The Associated Press board of directors. AP spokesman Paul Colford said Wednesday that since then, Hinton had not attended any board meetings but has not offered his resignation.