17th Arrest In Murdoch Phone Hacking Scandal Suggests Cover-Up


Cheryl Carter, the former personal assistant of former News International CEO Rebekah Brooks was arrested and questioned for ten hours by police on Friday before being released on bail, pending further questioning. The New York Times says that the arrest “appears to reflect the investigators’ intensifying focus on the possibility of a cover-up by executives, editors and others of the extent of illegal phone hacking and other criminal wrongdoing.” A statement released by Scotland Yard said that Carter had been questioned “on suspicion of trying to pervert the course of justice, a line of inquiry that has not been specified in police statements on most of the other arrests.”

Carter is the 17th person who has been arrested in conjunction with Scotland Yard’s Operation Weeting, its investigation into allegations of extensive phone hacking at the now-defunct NoW. Rupert Murdoch closed the tabloid after 168 years of continuous publishing as an avalanche of allegations of widespread phone hacking at NoW emerged last summer, starting with the revelation that NoW staff had hacked into the voicemail of 13-year-old Milly Dowler, a British school girl who had been murdered.

As the New York Times says, Carter had been Brooks’s personal assistant for more than 19 years, from the time that Brooks was deputy editor of The Sun, another Murdoch-owned tabloid, and then CEO of News International. Those who worked with Brooks describe Carter as her “gatekeeper,” with “close knowledge” of Brooks’s “schedule, e-mails and meetings.” Carter lost her job after the hacking of Milly Dowler’s voicemail was revealed, though still wrote a weekly beauty column for The Sun until December.

The Guardian says that last Tuesday News International settled seven privacy claims against News Group Newspapers, the publisher of the NoW. The claims settled were brought by Mark Oaten, Ulrika Jonsson, Abi Titmuss, Michelle Milburn, Paul Dadge, James Hewitt and Calum Best. In a statement, News Groups Newspapers said that it had agreed to pay “appropriate sums by way of compensation” while expressing “regret for the distress caused.”

Hugh Tomlinson, the lawyer for the plaintiffs, said that News International is actually “keen to settle all of the cases out of court” but that this would not be possible as some of the cases “give rise to issues which have to be tried.” He particularly highlighted that there has been a “big problem” in obtaining emails between journalists and executives and that he wants Mr Justice Vos to demand that News Group Newspapers submit the material to the police and lawyers by a “required end point.” Given the recent arrest of Carter and the possibility of a cover-up about the extent of phone hacking at NoW, News Group Newspapers’ delay in turning over the emails is not surprising and is, indeed, at least suspicious.


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Kimberlee W.
Kimberlee W6 years ago

I'm not even reading the article; just saying YES to the question.

Keep wondering if they're ever going to investigate that so-called "suicide" of that Murdoch whistle-blower. . .

Has anyone heard ANYTHING else about that?

Marilyn L.
Marilyn L6 years ago

I hope when all is said and done we will see the end of Mr. Murdoch and is so-called news businesses around the world.

Jim and Pat Clark
James Clark6 years ago

Here's a comment that sums up British Prime Minister David Cameron after his close friends Rebecca Brooks and Andrew Coulson resigned and were arrested as a result the of the phone hacking scandal. Greater love hath no man that he ditches his friends to save his skin. This was in a British newspaper yet Cameron carries on untouched.
Don't forget there is evidence that the computers of Labour government ministers was hacked before Cameron got elected, what would happen in the US if it was suspected Hilary Clintons computer was hacked, in Britain nothing happens.

jerry coleman
jerry coleman6 years ago

Great info

Danuta Watola
Danuta W6 years ago

Thank you for this very interesting article.

Marie W.
Marie W6 years ago

Cover-Up oh my goodness you think?

Deborah W.
deborah w6 years ago

Disgusting. I don't trust newspapers anymore with good reason. I never read them anyway

Sheri Schongold
Sheri Schongold6 years ago

Of course there is a cover-up. There is no question about that. The question is "How did Murdoch and his minions get away with it for so long." Obviously, money paves the road to wherever the snoops, liars and whatever else you want to call them, where to go. Some day the public will realize that the Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press have been badly mangled and will only get worse because we don't say "STOP!!!!" These freedoms are great when followed for the purpose that they were put in effect, not just because someone wants to make money and feed the public's thirst for "dirt." We have let them get away with it and until will bust up the monopolies and get them back under control, we are going to have this kind of "animal" (a shame to have to insult the animal, behavior.

Lee Witton
6 years ago

Murdoch is 'Faux News' and he is being investigated but of course not in this country because this country is still controlled by the top 1% (actually 2% but who's counting it appears), and the wealthiest who wield their monetary power with an iron fist have their own very dirty laundry and they've run it through the Murdoch laundering machine.

AbdulAziz A.
AbdulAziz A6 years ago

What a great shame the people in power do whatever it takes to remain in power and increase their wealth and grip on others lives and livelihood.
Murdochs are not alone in this despicable action but are protected by the rulers of the lands. Fox news and other organizations power need to be curtailed and give other smaller organisations a chance to establish instead.
Murdochs and their cronies need to brought to justice as soon as possible and not allowed to carryon with their outranges.