In new testimony, James Murdoch blames underlings

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He also apologized for the use of a private investigator to tail the lawyers of phone-hacking victims, calling the practice “appalling.”

He blamed Mr. Crone and another unnamed former News of the World employee for commissioning the surveillance, adding that it was “something I would never condone.”

Mr. Crone did not immediately return a message seeking comment. Mr. Myler’s telephone number is unlisted, and a letter sent to him more than a month ago has gone unanswered.

The phone-hacking scandal has thrown News International, the British newspaper arm of media conglomerate News Corp., into turmoil, forcing the closure of the News of the World and scuttling a multibillion-pound bid for full control of satellite broadcaster BSkyB.

Revelations that journalists routinely intercepted the voice mails of public figures — including celebrities, politicians, police and even crime victims — also have sent shock waves throughout the British establishment.

Mr. Murdoch‘s appearance had high stakes: Investors have become increasingly restive as the scandal continues to spread. Mr. Murdoch‘s position as heir apparent to his father’s company is under threat.

More revelations are possible, and at one point lawmakers asked whether Mr. Murdoch was aware of phone hacking at the Sun, Britain’s biggest-selling daily. Mr. Murdoch declined comment, citing ongoing investigations. He refused to say whether he would close the Sun if evidence of phone hacking emerged there as well.

Separately, Scotland Yard chief Bernard Hogan-Howe said police were working their way through some 300 million emails from News International.

Some 120 officers and staff are investigating the phone-hacking scandal. The force said it had contacted less than a third of the News of the World’s nearly 6,000 potential victims.

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