Rebekah Brooks‘ rise through the ranks of News International is legendary, starting as an editorial assistant before gaining editor positions at two of its most successful papers.
Now Brooks’ position as Chief Executive of News International is looking shakier by the hour.
Channel 4 is running with a truly bizarre story that reports that Brooks was informed by police that they were aware the News of the World — of which she was then editor — was spying on a police chief and trying to obtain his details.
To put it as simply as possible, Brooks was informed that the police were secretly watching the News of the World secretly watch senior police who were investigating the axe murder of a private investigator with ties to News of the World.
Here’s the Channel 4 report:
Meanwhile, The Independent is running tomorrow with a story that indicates Brooks contacted the investigator involved in the Milly Dowler case herself. Brooks has denied she had known that the murdered schoolchild’s phone had been hacked into.
Brooks has been Murdoch’s golden girl for some time now — her reputation is both divisive and legendary. The FT has an incredible story from Piers Morgan about Brooks dressing as a cleaning lady, hiding in a bathroom stall for hours, and stealing a copy of The Sunday Times (of London) hot off the press so she could copy their exclusive story for her own paper (if you’re wondering, yes, both papers were owned by Murdoch).
Despite all this, could she be gone by the end of the month? PoliticSmarkets is giving odds of 3/1 that she will be.
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