A third journalist has been arrested in connection with the phone hacking scandal at the British tabloid The News of the World. Though police withheld the name of the man suspected of "unlawfully intercepting mobile phone voice-mail messages," an insider tells The New York Times the suspect is James Weatherup, an assistant editor at the newspaper (reports in Britain concur). Weatherup's long history in the tabloid industry is chronicled in The Guardian today. This marks the third arrest this month in a scandal that began in 2005 and 2006 when the News of the World hired a private investigator to steal voicemail recordings of politicians, celebrities and members of the royal family. Critics say the investigation has taken so long because of the outsized influence of Rupert Murdoch, who owns several British newspapers including NOTW, on the British government.
"The real question," writes Noah Davis at Business Insider, "is who knew what when, and how high up the British chain of command does the scandal go." He points to an article written in the New Statesman by actor Hugh Grant on Tuesday implying that top officials in the UK government were aware of the phone hacking scandal. In the article, titled "The Bugger, Bugged," Grant secretly records his conversation with a former NOTW executive who says "Cameron must have known—that's the bigger scandal. He had to jump into bed with Murdoch as everyone had, starting with Thatcher in the Seventies."
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