London Mayor in News Corp. Probe

    FILE  This is a Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012 file photo shows mayor of London Boris Johnson as he waits for a giant Olympic Rings to start its journey down the River Thames in London to mark 150-days until the start of the London 2012 Olympic games. When the 2012 London Games open on July 27, one of two men will stand before billions of television viewers as mayor of the host city. The incumbent, Boris Johnson, hopes it will be him. It would be galling if it were Ken Livingstone  his predecessor, rival and would-be successor. (AP Photo/Sang Tan, File)

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    London Mayor Boris Johnson allegedly pursued commercial negotiations with News International even as Scotland Yard investigated reported phone hackings at Rupert Murdoch’s news empire, the BBC reported Monday. Further, as mayor of London, Johnson is responsible for Scotland Yard, whose chief and deputy chief both resigned after being smeared in the investigation into alleged payments to police in an attempt to cover the alleged hacking. In meetings with James Murdoch, Johnson reportedly pressed the former News Corp. chairman for support of a cable car the mayor had planned, as well as for a proposed academy in the city, the BBC reports.

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