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Murdoch and his son, James, were summoned to give evidence at the Leveson Inquiry.
Over the course of his testimony, Rupert Murdoch admitted that a cover-up had taken place within the News of the World to hide the scope of the phone hacking.
On , a parliamentary select committee report concluded that Murdoch "exhibited wilful blindness to what was going on in his companies and publications" and stated that he was "not a fit person to exercise the stewardship of a major international company".
On 3 July 2013, Channel 4 News broadcast a secret tape in which Murdoch dismissively claims that investigators were "totally incompetent" and acted over "next to nothing" and excuses his papers' actions as "part of the culture of Fleet Street." Illegal means of gaining information used included hacking the private voicemail accounts on mobile phones, hacking into computers, making false statements to officials, entrapment, blackmail, burglaries, theft of mobile phones and making payments to public officials.
Employees of the newspaper were accused of engaging in phone hacking, police bribery, and exercising improper influence in the pursuit of stories.
Whilst investigations conducted from 2005 to 2007 appeared to show that the paper's phone hacking activities were limited to celebrities, politicians, and members of the British Royal Family, in July 2011 it was revealed that the phones of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler, relatives of deceased British soldiers, and victims of the 7 July 2005 London bombings had also been hacked.
The commissioner of London's Metropolitan Police Service, Sir Paul Stephenson, also resigned.
Murdoch cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split, although speculation over Deng’s relationship with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, the godfather of daughter Grace, was widespread – though she had denied anything untoward took place. If you ask my friends, they’ll tell you that I don’t complain very much.” In the same article, Deng shot down rumors of an affair with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The News International phone-hacking scandal is a controversy involving the now defunct News of the World and other British newspapers published by News International, a subsidiary of News Corporation.
Mulcaire obtained Cook's home address, his internal Metropolitan police payroll number, his date of birth and figures for his mortgage payments as well as physically following him and his family.
Attempts to access Cook's voicemail and that of his wife, and possibly hack his computer and intercept his post were also suspected.