A “parallel investigation” finds the Rupert Murdoch defunct News of the World phone hackers greased pols’ palms. Not good news for Brit Prime Minister David Cameron — close to two of the chargees. New York Times. UK Daily Mail.
Associated Press: Britain’s Crown Prosecution Services said Tuesday that former tabloid editors Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks were among five people being charged with conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office.
Prosecutors said that Brooks, a neighbor, close friend, and political ally of Prime Minister David Cameron, conspired with journalist John Kay to funnel as much as 100,000 pounds to Ministry of Defense employee Bettina Jordan Barber in return for a steady stream of stories that were published in [Rupert] Murdoch’s The Sun newspaper.
In a statement, the prosecutors alleged that Coulson, who until last year served as Cameron’s top press aide, conspired with journalist Clive Goodman to pay officials for access to a royal phone directory known as the “Green Book.”
Both sets of charges stem from the phone hacking scandal that erupted last year at Murdoch’s News of the World tabloid, which both Brooks and Coulson used to edit before she took a job as chief executive of News International, and he went to work for the government.
The News of the World was closed last year after it became clear that journalists at the Sunday paper routinely used bribery, phone hacking, and other illegal or underhand methods to get scoops. The ensuing scandal has led to the arrest or resignation of several dozen journalists, executives, and public officials.