Phone hacking: Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson charged
PM's friend and his former spin doctor are charged with alleged hacking of Millie Dowler’s voicemail
EIGHT FORMER News of the World employees, including ex News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks and the Prime Minister’s former communications boss Andy Coulson, have been charged over alleged phone hacking.
Brooks - a close friend of David Cameron - and Coulson are charged with allegedly accessing the voicemail messages of murdered schoolgirl Millie Dowler. This is the allegation that led to the closure of the News of the World in July last year.
Former chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck and former assistant editor James Weatherup were charged in relation to the alleged hacking of voicemail belonging to “persons associated with” Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.
Weatherup and former assistant editor Ian Edmondson were charged with allegedly intercepting voicemail belonging to Wayne Rooney.
Also charged are former managing editor Stuart Kuttner, former news editor Greg Miskiw and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire.
Seven of the eight are also charged with allegedly conspiring to intercept communications without lawful authority between 3 October 2000 and 9 August 2006, according to the Crown Prosecution Service. The full list of charges can be seen here.
Glenn Mulcaire is not included in this charge for legal reasons, CPS legal adviser Alison Levitt QC. However, Mulcaire is named in relation to four other charges, including the alleged hacking of TV chef Delia Smith's phone.
The prosecution will allege that more than 600 people were victims of hacking, according to the BBC.
Brooks said in a statement: “I am not guilty of these charges. I did not authorise, nor was I aware of, phone hacking under my editorship…
“The charge concerning Milly Dowler is particularly upsetting, not only as it is untrue, but also because I have spent my journalistic career campaigning for victims of crime.”