Ex-aide: Murdochs wrong in phone hack statement

September 6, 2011 - 7:25 AM

LONDON (AP) — A former executive with Rupert Murdoch's News International says the media mogul was wrong to blame a London law firm for failing to properly investigate his company's phone hacking scandal several years ago.

Jon Chapman says he believes Murdoch "did not have his facts right" when he blamed Harbottle & Lewis for improperly reviewing claims made by disgraced News of the World reporter Clive Goodman, who alleged that phone hacking was rife at the Murdoch paper.

Chapman was one of several media executives testifying before British lawmakers on Tuesday.