With former News Corporation lobbyist Fred Michel on the stand at Leveson Inquiry, evidence reveals more than 1,000 text messages between Michel, Jeremy Hunt and his office. The exchanges comprise around 800 texts from Michel and 257 from Smith.
With Robert Jay QC calmly stalking his evasive witness, here is what we have learned:
- Hunt told Michel to liaise through “official channels” — after which Adam Smith handled communication
- Michel admits that Jeremy Hunt supported the bid for BSkyB
- NewsCorp briefed Hunt’s office with “helpful arguments”
- Smith was using a personal email account for government business
Smith is in the room watching proceedings in person.