Inquiry Grills Murdoch Lobbyist

    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 24:  News Corporation lobbyist Fred Michel walks to The Royal Courts of Justice to give evidence to The Leveson Inquiry on May 24, 2012 in London, England. This phase of the inquiry into the culture, practice and ethics of the press in the United Kingdom is looking at the relationship between the press and politicians. The inquiry, which may take a year or more to complete, comes in the wake of the phone hacking scandal that saw the closure of The News of The World newspaper in 2011.  (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

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    News Corp. lobbyist Frédéric Michel appeared before the Leveson Inquiry into the ethics of the British press on Thursday to answer allegations that he communicated with an adviser to the British culture minister, who was overseeing News Corp.'s $12 billion bid to take over the cable company BSkyB. Michel admitted to exchanging phone calls, texts, and email messages with Adam Smith, the government aide, though he denied knowledge that Smith was feeding his communications to the culture minister. Smith resigned last month after a trove of emails revealed the close relationship and making a damning case that he had communicated with Murdoch's lobbyist.

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