Ex-Editor Arrested in UK Phone Hacking Scandal

Andy Coulson also worked for David Cameron
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 7, 2011 4:12 PM CDT
Updated Jul 8, 2011 5:29 AM CDT
Former News of the World Editor Andy Coulson Faces Arrest in Phone Hacking Scandal
Andy Coulson, formerly editor of the tabloid News of the World, talks on a cell phone in this 2010 file photo.   (AP Photo/Oli Scarff, pool, file)

(Newser) – And the hits just keep on coming for Rupert Murdoch's News Corp: Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson has been arrested, one day after Murdoch announced he was shutting down the tabloid over the UK phone hacking scandal. Police suspect Coulson knew about the hacking that took place under his watch from 2003 to 2007, though he has long denied it. Sky News reports that Coulson made a plan with police to bring himself to the station, and a statement from police confirms he was "arrested by appointment."

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His arrest will be an embarrassment for Prime Minister David Cameron because Coulson worked as the PM's communications chief after leaving the British tabloid. Coulson resigned that post in January as this long-brewing scandal picked up steam. Police also are expected to arrest a second former editor of the tabloid in the next few days, the Guardian reports, although it isn't saying which one. (Read more News of the World stories.)

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