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Former News of the World Managing Editor Arrested in Phone Hacking Scandal

Another powerful name has been taken down in the News of the World: former managing editor Stewart Kuttner, who the Guardian describes as paper's "public face" and "most vocal defender for 22 years," was arrested earlier today in connection with the phone hacking scandal. 

Kuttner reportedly did not know he was going to be taken into custody when he arrived by appointment at a police station in London on Tuesday at 11am for questioning over the phone-hacking scandal.

Police from both Operation Weeting (the investigation into phone hacking) and Elveden (the investigation into allegations of inappropriate payments to police), are understood to have arrested Kuttner, who is suffering serious health problems and recently returned from treatment in the US.

Kuttner was let go two years ago, just before the first news of the phone hacking scandal hit the papers; no reason was given for his dismissal. He was the 11th person arrested in the operation. Read more here.

 

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at August 2, 2011, 5:08am

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