Rupert Murdoch: I panicked when I closed tabloid

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“The senior executives were all misinformed, and shielded from anything that was going on there,” he told the inquiry. “I do blame one or two people for that.”

He didn’t name them, but in suggestive comments he identified one of those people as “a clever lawyer” who shared drinks with many of the journalists involved.

The former senior legal officer at the News of the World was Tom Crone, who stepped down within days of the scandal’s eruption. His phone rang unanswered Thursday.

Various attempts to reach Crone over the past year have been unsuccessful. The lawyer has previously challenged aspects of James Murdoch’s testimony.

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