Ex-UK PM Brown: Murdoch lied under oath to inquiryReported by SeattlePI.com on Monday, 11 June 2012 (on June 11, 2012)
Ex-UK PM Brown: Murdoch lied under oath to inquiry
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Updated 10:26 a.m., Monday, June 11, 2012
LONDON (AP) — Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown lambasted Rupert Murdoch before Britain's media ethics inquiry on Monday, claiming the media mogul had lied under oath to the inquiry and saying that a Murdoch tabloid had undermined the British war effort in Afghanistan. In an often bitter attack, Brown directly contradicted Murdoch's claim that Brown had vowed to "make war on your company" during an abusive phone call after Murdoch's The Sun tabloid switched its support from Brown's Labour Party to the rival Conservatives. Brown was the first in a string of current and former political leaders to appear this week at the inquiry, set up amid a tabloid phone hacking scandal to examine malpractice in the British media and too-cozy ties among U.K. politicians, police and the press. The former prime minister said the press had "failed this country" by focusing on opinions and ephemera when the war in Afghanistan was at a crucial stage. The Sun, renowned for its political clout, backed the Conservative party over Brown's Labour in the 2010 national election. The ethics inquiry was set up last year after revelations that Murdoch's now-defunct News of the World had hacked the mobile phone voice mails of scores of celebrities, politicians and even crime victims in its quest for scoops. Critics claim that Osborne and Cameron had overlooked allegations of wrongdoing swirling around Coulson because of the ex-editor's close links to Murdoch's News International, and especially to Brooks, a friend and former colleague of his.
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