Does anyone else see a parallel between the Murdoch e-mail timeline and some of the recent new information?
example, the meetings with Cameron regarding the Sun coming out for him
seem to have happened not long before the new policy of "eliminating in
a consistent manner across NI...emails that could be unhelpful".
tellingly, just as the lobbying campaign for the BSkyB deal peaked in
December 2010, with the push to get rid of Vince Cable, the barrage of
meetings with Hulture Secretary Jeremy Hunt, and the secret meeting in
Oxfordshire with the Prime Minister, there seems to have been a surge of
activity. This was the moment when three different NI executives lied
publicly about the e-mail, Scottish editor Bob Bird claiming that it had
disappeared in India, solicitor Julian Pike saying that it had all been
deleted in June, and CIO Paul Cheesbrough saying that everything since
September 2007 was gone.
Actually, the spring of 2010 (i.e. the
election run-in, the crisis, and the decision to bid) was busy, too.
There was a large deletion at HCL in April, management were interested
in the matter and were badgering for more e-mail to be destroyed, and Pike seems to have thought it important.