British Police Official Resigns Over Botched Hacking Investigation

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Rupert Murdoch speaking to the media in London. (AP)
Rupert Murdoch speaking to the media in London. (AP)

Another shoe has dropped in the British phone hacking scandal.

Scotland Yard's Assistant Commissioner, John Yates, resigned today. Two years ago he made the decision not to reopen police inquiries into phone hacking, saying he did not believe there was any new evidence to consider.

In recent weeks, since the scandal involving the now-defunct Rupert Murdoch-owned paper, The News of the World, broke open, Yates said he regretted that decision.

Yates follows Scotland Yard's Chief Sir Paul Stephenson out the door.

Stephenson resigned after criticism that he had hired a former News of the World Executive as an adviser.

Parliament is looking into allegations that people working for the news of the world hacked into the cellphones of thousands of people, including murder victims and families who lost loved ones in Afghanistan.


  • Naomi Grimley, The BBC's political correspondent

This segment aired on July 18, 2011.


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