July 24th, 2012
08:22 AM ET

Former Cameron aide, Murdoch ally charged with phone hacking

British prosecutors said Tuesday they will charge eight journalists with illegally eavesdropping on voice mail, including a former aide to British Prime Minister David Cameron and a close confidant of media baron Rupert Murdoch.

Cameron's former director of communications Andy Coulson is among eight journalists facing charges, as is Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive of Murdoch's News International.

The names of the suspected hacking victims announced by the Crown Prosecution Service include some of the world's biggest celebrities, including Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Paul McCartney, soccer star Wayne Rooney and actor Jude Law.

Coulson and Brooks are former editors of the defunct Murdoch tabloid the News of the World, which was shut down last year in the face of public outrage at the hacking scandal.

Brooks, who will be charged with conspiracy to intercept voice mails of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler, vigorously denied the charges, saying she was "distressed and angry."

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  1. Pete

    Murdoch and his crew of jackels should pay for illegal wire taps and such just for the MSM.It's hypocricy that they sit in court smirking knowing well what lines they've crossed in innocent peoples privacy.Judges should make them an example and throw the book at Murdoch and crew,they surely deserve it and because of his wealth,connections shouldn't be treated with kitt gloves either...

    July 24, 2012 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    'Brooks, who will be charged with conspiracy to intercept voice mails of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowd, vigorously denied the charges, saying she was ‚Äúdistressed and angry.‚ÄĚ '

    Aw.
    Poor little thing.
    She should think about how distressed and angry Milly Dowd's parents were when they found out that they were given false hope for newspaper sales' sake...

    Reprehensible.

    July 24, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Lindy

    The journalist should give up Murdock and family (James) to the courts. They sould be found guilty also. Why should the wealthy newspaper owner be let off the hook.

    July 24, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    Wealthy and the powerful have the 'right' to get off the hook by being just that. Its in Britain that the case got to this point. Were it the good ol' US of A Murdoch would still be thumbing his nose at all and sundry. He has some very powerful friends.
    good morning@banasy.

    July 24, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    Good afternoon, @saywhat.
    There is that saying, "Oh, how the mighty have fallen."
    Still waiting for Murdoch's thump.

    July 24, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |