Six people were arrested today in connection with the British phone-hacking scandal that has shaken Rupert Murdoch’s media empire for the past year. Among those taken into custody: Rebekah Brooks, once an executive at Murdoch’s News International and a former editor of the British publications Sun and the Murdoch-owned News of the World. Her husband, Charlie, trains race horses and counts British Prime Minister David Cameron among his friends. The arrests, collectively the result of a police probe called Operation Weeting, were made in several cities within a two-hour span early Tuesday morning.
Rebekah Brooks was previously arrested last summer, but was released on bail. The scandal sent shockwaves through the British political and law enforcement establishment; on the day of Brooks’s earlier arrest, the chief of Scotland Yard—Britain’s most senior law enforcement official—stepped down. The Prime Minister’s role in the scandal was likewise investigated.
The Washington Post report can be found here.
News International is the UK branch of Murdoch’s News Corporation, the parent company for American media outlets such as The New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, the Fox News Channel, and the HarperCollins publishing company.
The allegations made against Brooks appear to be a combination of electronic crime and corruption. The ramifications of her arrest for Murdoch or other assets held by News Corporation are not yet clear.