Murdoch insider Brooks arrested in hacking probe, British media report
Former News International Chief Executive Rebekah Brooks is seen leaving parliament in July 2011 after testifying on the phone hacking scandal.
March 13th, 2012
11:21 AM ET

Murdoch insider Brooks arrested in hacking probe, British media report

Rebekah Brooks, the former editor of the British tabloid News of the World and a close confidante of its owner Rupert Murdoch, was arrested Tuesday in connection with a phone-hacking investigation, the British Press Association reported.

London's Metropolitan Police confirmed that six people were detained on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, but refused to name them.

Brooks' spokesman David Wilson and the publisher of the defunct News of the World both declined to comment.

Brooks was arrested in July over phone hacking and police bribery. She was released on bail after a day of questioning.

Tuesday's reported arrest could mean that she will face additional charges in an ever-widening scandal that has spawned three police investigations, two parliamentary committee probes and an independent inquiry.

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  1. banasy©

    You reap what you sow.

    March 13, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    Indeed. Good morning @banasy.
    Hope Murdoch gets his too. But that perhaps is hoping against hope.

    March 13, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Portland tony

    OMG.....Unethical journalism!

    March 13, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |

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    March 13, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. raven

    Wonder who she is on the phone with in the picture. Wonder how we could find out.hey!.....I have an idea....

    March 13, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dazzle©

    Hello raven. How are you?

    March 13, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. raven

    Been fine. Nice to run into you. How are things? were you able to lower your blood pressure...

    March 13, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. raven

    Not me at 9: 23.

    March 13, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. raven

    I think the trolls are coming. There's one at 9:28. It's getting ca-reepy. Bye.

    March 13, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. raven

    I do say ca-reepy, but again, not me at nine thirty.

    March 13, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Troll

    Your welcome beautiful.

    March 13, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Troll

    You were here this past saturday. You said it was hard to tell who is who and that it was getting ca-reepy. You forgot? You think I don't remember things people say?

    March 13, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Troll

    Ok. I know you're still reading this raven. Tell you what I'm going to do just for you. I will not post a single thing until saturday. just for you. not hard to accomplish with so much work. Bye sugar. Don't stay mad pumpkin.

    March 13, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. raven

    You're right. I forgot. Doesnt matter though, does it? And Im not mad snookums. You can troll allllll you want pookie-butt.

    March 13, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |