New Details Deepen British Phone Hacking Scandal – NYTimes.com
Detectives have been handed, the report details, an audio tape of a July 2009 conversation between two former News of the World reporters which implicates a “news desk executive” in illegality.
They are analyzing evidence handed to them by the celebrity publicist Max Clifford in the matter of a settlement he reached with Rebekah Brooks, then chief executive of News International, after he had initiated legal proceedings against the company in 2009. Ms. Brooks, a close confidant of the Murdoch family, has since been arrested for police questioning twice, on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications and obstructing the course of justice.
And Scotland Yard is also investigating a claim that “three employees” of Mr. Murdoch’s companies commissioned surveillance on Tom Watson, an activist member of the parliamentary committee, the report details. Officers will also, it said, question “former employees of the News of the World” on the subject of the illegal interception of the voice-mail messages of a missing schoolgirl, Milly Dowler, who was subsequently discovered murdered in 2002.