November 12, 2011 4:21:53 pm
Detectives investigating phone-hacking at the now defunct British tabloid News of the World have recovered a series of bombshell emails that were among tens of thousands held by the newspaper at a data storage facility in India.
Police officials investigating the scandal believe that these emails could take the scandal inquiry to a new level.
According to the Daily Mail,police are believed to want to question News International chief James Murdoch and former Sun and News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks about their contents.
Speculations have grown that the new development could be linked to the large-scale deletion of News of the World emails.
Three months ago,Indian technology firm HCL told the Home Affairs Committee it was aware of the deletion of hundreds of thousands of emails at the request of News International between April 2010 and July 2011,but said it did not know of anything untoward behind the requests to delete them.
HCL said it was not the company responsible for emails on the News International computer system that are older than a couple of weeks. It said another unnamed organisation was responsible,but confirmed it had co-operated with it in deleting material.
The firm insisted that since it was not the company that stored News Internationals data any allegation that it has deleted material held on behalf of News International is without foundation.
Meanwhile,it is unclear whether the recently recovered emails suggest Murdoch and Brooks were involved in a cover-up of phone-hacking or prove they had knowledge of malpractice at the News of the World.
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