London - (News of the Screws Ass Mess): "Rupert Murdoch? I know n-o-t-h-i-n-g!" Assistant Commissioner John Yates told reporters today in his most sheepish impersonation of Fawlty Towers waiter Manuel.
Earlier Scotland Yard had been instructed by MI6 top brass to engage plausible deniability on a fast breaking rumor that KGB/Mossad/Opus Dei triple agent Murdoch, 78, was still bugging thousands of public figures such as, er, head of MI5 Sir Jonathan Facebook.
Yates confirmed the official line that no more heads would roll over the phone buggery scandal doing the current rounds of medialand.
Internet spreadbetting bookies Aintgottaprayer.con quote best price of 5/4 for Yates to replace Sir Paul Stephenson as Met Commissioner before the end of the year.