Andy Coulson

Guardian: Andy Coulson to Be Arrested in Hacking Scandal

The Guardian is reporting that former News of the World editor and David Cameron flack Andy Coulson received notice today to show up at a London police station to be arrested tomorrow.

Andy Coulson has been told by police that he will be arrested on Friday morning over suspicions that he knew about, or had direct involvement in, the hacking of mobile phones during his editorship of the News of the World.

The Guardian understands that a second arrest is also to be made in the next few days of a former senior journalist at the paper.

Leaks from News International forced police to speed up their plans to arrest the two key suspects in the explosive phone-hacking scandal.

The Guardian knows the identity of the second suspect but is witholding the name in order to avoid prejudicing the ongoing police investigation.

[snip]

Evidence leading to the two imminent arrests has come from a cache of emails recently uncovered during NI’s internal investigation into phone hacking.

[snip]

The Guardian understands that NI had promised the police not to reveal the existence of evidence identifying Coulson and the other journalist, but that detectives began to fear the information would be leaked, after reports appeared suggesting that Coulson approved payments to police officers.

So not only has News International known that Coulson was in trouble, but someone has leaked tidbits of it.

I’m not sure closing News of the World is going to help News Corp–or Scotland Yard–avoid this much longer.

Emptywheel Twitterverse
emptywheel RT @attackerman: 14 Pakistanis have been released from US custody at Bagram. Means about 20ish non-Afghans remain detained there, none with…
12mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @nigelduara I had not seen any coverage that the Atty-Client convos cited in Khan were of Mohamud's team. @JasonLeopold
41mreplyretweetfavorite
JimWhiteGNV @barryeisler Congrats on the TV series! Looking forward to it.
49mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel TIL: It was Mohamed Osman Mohamud's legal team wiretapped when they talked to Raez Qadir Khan. http://t.co/UqkOthpIUv
1hreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @ColMorrisDavis Don't be silly. Everyone knows the Saudi family are a bunch of moderate love buckets.
1hreplyretweetfavorite
JimWhiteGNV RT @dakine100: More Troubles in Kansas for the Wizards of Oz http://t.co/ay1fQH6yoo
1hreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz @ColMorrisDavis @mtracey @radleybalko @emptywheel @SCOTUSblog I agree completely. Also need practical experience in trial courts represented
1hreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz @dangillmor @howappealing Non-prominent legal blogger disagrees vehemently.
2hreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz @emptywheel @ColMorrisDavis @SCOTUSblog I think Alito is easily worse than Scalia
2hreplyretweetfavorite
September 2014
S M T W T F S
« Aug    
 123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
282930