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New York Times reopens tabloid hacking claims allegedly involving Downing Street Communications Director

By Jonathan Isaby

Andy Coulson 2 Several papers this morning carry news which will be an unwelcome distraction at Downing Street.

As the FT (£) reports:

"David Cameron’s chief spin doctor encouraged rep­orters to break the law by hacking into telephone messages while he was editing a national newspaper, according to allegations in The New York Times. Andy Coulson, who was editor of the News of the World when one of his reporters was jailed for hacking into the mobile phones of princes William and Harry, has repeatedly denied knowing anything of the practice... The New York Times quoted one named and two unnamed people as saying Mr Coulson knew of the illegal phone hacking, and even encouraged it."

I stress that Downing Street has strenuously rejected these latest allegations.

Click here to read the New York Times piece.


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