Rupert Murdoch yesterday rowed back from his private comments seen and heard by Exaro News and on this site condemning the police, the judiciary and his admission that he knew all along about payments to police and officials.
In two letters to John Whittingdale, Tory chair of the culture, media and sport committee, and Keith Vaz, Labour chair of the home affairs committee, his strident comments became strangely muted.
The full quotes are in an updated piece on the Exaro News website and Channel Four News.
No doubt the media mogul, advised by his lawyer,realised that the leaking of his comments to arrested journalists had attracted too much attention, particularly after the Met Police Operation Elveden asked Exaro for a tape with his views.
Now he does not doubt the police’s professionalism and says any interpretation on his words that he knew about bribing official is ” wholly false”. This is after he called the police operation totally incompetent and said the Met Police inquiry was about ” next to nothing.”
Really. He was obviously not wanting to row back too much from the words he gave to his journalists – still complaining the investigation had taken too long and was ” disproportionate ” and admitting to raw emotion at the meeting.
But will this be enough to get him off the hook. Will people really believe him? It was definitely a repentant Rupe, but I suspect the humbling was only skin deep and I am not sure that it will get him entirely off the hook from the Met.
More seriously how will people in the US and Australia take this explanation. I think there is more to come.