Andy Coulson, former editor of News of the World and more recently British Prime Minister David Cameron‘s director of communications, has been arrested by Scotland Yard.
Coulson was arrested “on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications” and “on suspicion of corruption allegations” related to the series of phone hackings committed by News of the World during his tenure there.
The Guardian reports Cameron takes “full responsibility for the appointment of Coulson but did not apologise for it as he came under pressure to admit that he had erred. He said he was not warned about Coulson’s links with a private investigator accused of murder before his appointment, as has been claimed, or at least that he did not remember being warned.”
Presumably in a scramble to distance himself from the scandal Cameron, who has only been in office just over a year, has announced two inquiries. The first will “investigate why the original police investigation failed and what was going on at the NoW and other papers.”
The second, by a panel of experts, will look at the “culture, ethics and practices of the British press”. This in direct response to James Murdoch’s statement yesterday where he admitted he had approved payments without knowing all the facts.
If Murdoch was hoping to cut the scandal off at the knees by shutting down the paper it seems he may have waited too long.
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