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James Murdoch said last week that he “did not have a complete picture” when he approved the payouts.

Meanwhile, one of the first voices to blow the whistle on the phone hacking _ former News of the World journalist Sean Hoare _ was found dead Monday in Watford, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) northwest of London. Police said the death was being treated as unexplained but was not considered suspicious, according to Britain’s Press Association.

Hoare was quoted by The New York Times saying that phone hacking was widely used and even encouraged at the News of the World under Coulson.


Associated Press writer Ryan Nakashima in Los Angeles contributed to this report.


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