Murdoch executive Brooks to be charged in UK hacking case
Rebekah Brooks resigned last summer as chief executive of News of the World's publisher.
May 15th, 2012
05:19 AM ET

Murdoch executive Brooks to be charged in UK hacking case

British prosecutors said Tuesday they would charge Rebekah Brooks with trying to obstruct a police investigation into phone hacking at newspapers owned by Rupert Murdoch.

Brooks, a former editor of the News of the World, is accused of plotting to remove boxes of documents from News International offices and hide computers and documents from police.

Her husband, personal assistant and driver will also be charged, along with one of her security guards and the head of security for News International, the News Corp. subsidiary that publishes Murdoch's British newspapers.

Brooks faces three counts of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. Her husband Charles and the other suspects face two counts each of the same charge.

A spokesman for Brooks said she and her husband "deplore this weak and unjust decision," and accused prosecutors of "unprecedented posturing." Spokesman David Wilson said there would be a fuller statement later.

Brooks and the others named Tuesday are the first people to be charged in connection with the British police investigation into phone hacking and police bribery, which has been going on for more than a year.

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  1. Global Warming Hoax

    Brooks only got news, Asange and Manning are guilty of Treason. Yet Liberals will defend the later, while crucifying the former. Oh the inconstant liberals with no basic principles in life. Must really suck to be them.

    May 15, 2012 at 5:52 am | Report abuse |
    • 111Dave111

      Treason is outing an American Spy, like Cheney did.

      May 17, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  2. Slim

    Rebekah "Scapegoat" Brooks

    May 15, 2012 at 6:26 am | Report abuse |
  3. jammy diamond

    Phone hacking is nothing.
    We are stu^~pid and 3 billion is not a lot for my bank.

    May 15, 2012 at 6:35 am | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    Aw.
    I guess committimg a crime to manufacture news isn't as victimless crime as they thought...

    May 15, 2012 at 7:03 am | Report abuse |
  5. Grimm Reaper

    Time to cut the head of the snake. Murdoch.

    May 15, 2012 at 7:11 am | Report abuse |
  6. know hunger

    Still shading the narrative CNN?

    May 15, 2012 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
  7. Phil Spectre

    I think I saw a p0rno once with this chick in it.

    May 15, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • 111Dave111

      She looks like Piers Morgan, and they worked together.

      May 17, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  8. 111Dave111

    To explain "trying to obstruct a police investigation" is explained by Bloomberg:

    Last July (2011) when London prosecutors claim Rebekah Brooks was attempting to hide seven boxes of relevant evidence from a police probe, the former top lieutenant of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. was dealing with the crisis point of the phone-hacking scandal under investigation. According to the Crown Prosecution Service, Brooks allegedly conspired with Cheryl Carter, her personal assistant, to remove the boxes from the premises of News International, the News Corp. U.K. unit she headed, between Wednesday July 6 and Saturday July 9, 2011. News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch was photographed with Rebekah Brooks in London in July, 2011. News International and the London Metropolitan Police Service, which has been collecting evidence related to phone- hacking and other illegal activities at Murdoch-owned newspapers in the U.K., declined to comment on the contents of the boxes or to explain how they know about their removal.

    I wonder where the boxes are now?

    May 17, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  9. 111Dave111

    I'll be waiting for Mr Wilson's statement:
    "A spokesman for Brooks said she and her husband "deplore this weak and unjust decision," and accused prosecutors of "unprecedented posturing." Spokesman David Wilson said there would be a fuller statement later."

    May 17, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |