July 8th, 2011
12:01 PM ET

Ex-aide to British PM arrested in hacking scandal

Andy Coulson, the prime minister's former press secretary, was arrested Friday in connection with allegations of phone hacking and corruption in a case that promises to be a growing political liability for David Cameron.

The scandal has prompted questions over the British prime minister's judgment in hiring Coulson after he resigned as editor of the News of the World because of the allegations.

Speaking shortly before his former aide's arrest was announced, Cameron went on the defensive at a Downing Street news conference Friday, saying: "The decision to hire him was mine, and mine alone."

He said he gave Coulson a second chance after assurances that he was not involved in wrongdoing at the newspaper.

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  1. Rocky


    July 8, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |

    he hacked my cpu..

    July 8, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mekell

    What is it with Brits and phone hacking lately?

    July 8, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Esmé

    Well, he DID work at the newspaper, after all...
    Caveat emptor.

    July 8, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. VEM

    Why did they arrest this poor guy. He didnt murder a 2 year old baby girl. He isnt one of the Clearwater 12 that let em go free.

    July 8, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Triton

      Wrong country, wrong case, wrong article. Stay on topic avoid fanaticism.

      July 8, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. arnold

    Whatchu talkin bout, Willis ?

    July 8, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Triton

    Can't wait until they get to Rupert Murdoch.

    July 8, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. pmk1953

    Why are all these people po'd at the jury. The prosecution is who screwed up. If they would've had more convincing evidence, the jury would have convicted her. No evidence, no conviction. I think she's guilty myself, but that's just my opinion. I didn't see any convincing proof presented either. It's not the jury's fault. They worked with the facts presented to them.

    July 8, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. HRH banasy

    I think the trail will eventually end up pointing in RM's direction.
    This has his odor on it.

    VEM is two steps past fanatic already, it sounds like.

    July 8, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. arnold

    I think Mr Drummond did it. Or Kimberly. White folks is always up to sumethin.

    July 8, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ellis in Florida

    Hey arnold the pig,learn how to spell you dumb stupid MF.

    July 8, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. HRH banasy

    Hi, Ellis.

    July 8, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Name*adam

    Fox news get ready !

    July 8, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Philip

    This story began over two years ago, but you probably just recently became aware. Here's the latest Rupert's man hacked into a missing girls cellphone and listened to her parents multiple messages...crying pleas for their little girl. Then the box got full, so the Rupert deleted some messages so the family could leave more! This got the family to thinking there was hope. That MAYBE she's alive!!! And sit down for this folks. The little girl was found dead. We need to form a civil militia and find our missing kids. I hope someone reads this who knows how to grass-roots this ir something?

    July 8, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Philip

    The Guardian get's the credit for exposing this from the git-go. A terrific source of news. (no offense N)

    July 8, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
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