[ISN] After 7 Years, No End in Sight to Phone Hacking Scandal

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Date: Thu, 17 May 2012 03:04:08 -0500 (CDT)

The New York Times
May 16, 2012

LONDON -- The phone hacking scandal that shook Rupert Murdoch’s global 
media empire and hit the heart of the British government began quietly 
on a Monday in 2005, when aides to the British royal family gathered in 
a palace office appointed with priceless antiques to air suspicions that 
their voice mail messages had been intercepted.

Seven years and dozens of arrests later, the day after the latest 
criminal charges were brought, information from the police, prosecutors 
and investigators indicated Wednesday that the investigations are likely 
to go on for years, with no obvious end in sight.

Rebekah Brooks, the former editor of Mr. Murdoch’s Sun and News of the 
World tabloids, who rose to become chief executive of his British 
newspaper subsidiary, News International, and a close friend to Prime 
Minister David Cameron, was among the first to face criminal charges, 
the authorities announced Tuesday. Ms. Brooks, her husband and four 
former colleagues were accused of perverting the course of justice by 
removing materials pertinent to police investigations — charges she 
called “unjust.”

Ms. Brooks, who will appear in court on June 13, will most likely not be 
the last to face prosecution, the police and prosecutors said. There are 
three current police operations, Scotland Yard confirmed: Operation 
Weeting, which is examining illegal voice mail interceptions, currently 
employs 95 officers and staff members and has made 22 arrests; Operation 
Tuleta, which is looking into computer hacking, employs eight and has 
made three arrests; and Operation Elveden, which is exploring illegal 
payments by journalists to public officials, employs 29 and has made 28 


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