News Corp. Lawyer Noted Hacking “Culture” in 2008

Newly released documents show that an outside lawyer for News Corp. in 2008 warned of a “culture of illegal information access” at the company’s News of the World newspaper, raising new questions about News Corp.’s longtime assertion that it was unaware of how widespread phone hacking was at the now-closed tabloid.

The lawyer’s opinion, and other documents released Tuesday by Parliament’s Culture, Sport and Media Committee, add to already mounting pressure on top News Corp. executives, including Deputy Chief Operating Officer James Murdoch, who has insisted he was in the dark about the extent of illegal reporting tactics at the time.

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