Andy Coulson |
Update: According to a report in the New York Times, Andy Coulson has been arrested "on suspicion of corruption and phone hacking."
As if News Corp.'s decision to close the News of the World tabloid as a result of the ongoing phone hacking scandal in the U.K. weren't enough, The Guardian is reporting that Andy Coulson, a former editor of News of the World, has been told that he will be arrested on charges relating to hacking on Friday.
The arrest of Coulson would arguably take the scandal to a whole new level. Almost immediately after he left the News of the World in 2007 over hacking, Coulson became the Conservative Party's director of communications. Then, when David Cameron became prime minister in 2010, he served as communications director for him. He resigned that post in January.
According to the Guardian, Coulson won't be the only one connected to the scandal arrested in the coming days—another person, whom the paper, "in order to avoid prejudicing the ongoing police investigation," will only describe as, "a former senior journalist [at News of the World]," is also being targeted.