THE CULTURE, Media and Sport select committee has concluded that News of the World executives deliberately avoided disclosing information to the committee.
I provided a lengthy statement to the committee last year and gave the committee member Tom Watson MP part of my dossier of evidence to support this was the case.
I have repeatedly claimed that as early as 2009 and in the years that followed, I provided News of the World executives with evidence which showed I was not involved in commissioning Gordon Taylor’s phone to be hacked, or of personally hacking it myself.
My evidence showed that two other executives had been responsible for the events leading up to and beyond the “For Neville” email.
The News of the World executives accepted this was the case, which is why I kept my job.
But they failed to fully alert News International, in particular James Murdoch, to the fact there was hard evidence incriminating other people as it would have exploded the 'one rogue reporter' defence.
This has had enormous personal consequences for me. I was chief suspect number one. I was arrested. I was unfairly dismissed because News International were unaware of my dossier which proved my innocence. I lost my redundancy payment. All my legal funding was withdrawn.
I do not believe they took part in a willful cover-up. Under huge pressure to do something I think they panicked and didn't do enough
I think they chose a strategy of containment rather than action and exposure which left me as a chief suspect for two years, acting as the magnet for the iron filings of suspicion. It was seen as a better corporate strategy to have one suspect than two convicts.
I don't think this makes Tom Crone a bad lawyer or Colin Myler a bad editor. They just made a bad decision that day. For me, for the paper and for the company.
Nor do I believe it is fair to judge Rupert Murdoch as being unfit to lead a major international company. If senior executives chose to erect an information log-jam, I’m not sure how MPs thought he could have dealt with the problem. I think they have allowed politics to influence their decision here.
It is a major personal breakthrough to see that both Rupert Murdoch at the Leveson Inquiry and now the select committee of investigating MPs have both concluded that my absolutely vital dossier was not passed on to News International executives.