A secretly recorded audio tape has surfaced featuring News Corp owner Rupert Murdoch slamming the British police for investigating the alleged phone hacking by his British tabloid publications, The Sun and the now-closed News of the World.
The tape (audio below) was recorded when Murdoch was meeting with journalists of The Sun in January. Murdoch was not aware that one of those journalists was recording him.
Ironically, Murdoch had previously told the British government how he would support the police investigation of the alleged hacking.
On the tape, Murdoch claims that the arrests of his employees are over "next to nothing," but fails to mention the celebrities and politicians who have had their phones hacked.
Instead, he starts attacking the police.
“I mean, it’s a disgrace. Here we are two days later and the cops are totally incompetent…The idea that the cops then started coming in, kick you out of bed, and your families, at six in the morning, is unbelievable," said Murdoch.
"But why are the police behaving this way? It’s the biggest inquiry ever, over next to nothing. And now they’re arresting their own, who never even took money!”
“You’re all innocent until proven guilty. What you’re asking is what happens if some of you are proven guilty? What afterwards? I’m not allowed to promise you, I will promise you continued health support. But your jobs, I’ve got to be careful about what comes out, but frankly, I won’t say it, but just trust me," assures Murdoch.
At one point a journalist says, "It would be nice to hit back when we can," to which Murdoch answers: "We will."