Brits Look to Rupert Murdoch, Not 'Rogue Reporters', For Phone Hack Answers

The Daily is delayed and its biggest advocate is on medical leave, but for now Rupert Murdoch’s biggest headache is across the pond.

Glenn Mulcaire, the private detective contracted by British News Corp. tabloid News of the World, is believed to have delivered a statement in court saying assistant news editor Ian Edmondson asked him to hack into the cell phone voicemail messages of soccer agent Sky Andrew, and that other executives knew the hacking was going on, reports The Guardian. 

This statement could compromise the News of the World‘s defense that convicted royal phone-hacker Clive Goodman acted alone, as a ‘rogue reporter.’ Edmondson has been suspended since Christmas.

These revelations put pressure on Andy Coulson, the former News of the World editor who stepped down when Goodman and Mulcaire were convicted (and now serves as the Prime Minister’s press secretary), but for now Labour MP Tom Watson is going right to the top: “News International’s pathetic ‘it was only a rogue reporter’ defence is imploding. There is now a senior executive appointed by Andy Coulson suspended on allegations of phone hacking. It is time we heard from Rupert Murdoch himself,” he said.

kstoeffel@observer.com :: @kstoeffel

Brits Look to Rupert Murdoch, Not 'Rogue Reporters', For Phone Hack Answers