The Guardian is today reporting that Andy Coulson, former Director of Communications to the Prime Minister is going to be arrested by the Metropolitan Police tommorow for his part in the phone hacking scandal.
Alan Rusbridger, editor of the Guardian, reports here that he was aware of how deeply Mr Coulson was involved in the phone hacking scandal at the News of the World, and that he informed David Cameron through an “emmisary”. Mr Rusbridger also states that he told Nick Clegg in a face to face conversation….
Mr Rusbridger states:
Before the election it was common knowledge in Fleet Street that an investigator used by the NoW during Andy Coulson’s editorship was on remand for conspiracy to murder. We couldn’t report that due to contempt of court restrictions, but I thought it right that Cameron should know before he took any decisions about taking Andy Coulson into Number 10
I don’t think I was the only person to warn Cameron in advance about Coulson, incidentally.
Mr Coulson’s job title was officially given as “Downing Street’s Director of Communications”, and he was employed by HM Government, not Mr Cameron. His £475,000 contract with CCHQ was terminated when Mr Cameron moved into Downing Street.
Update: Andy Coulson was indeed arrested on charges of phone hacking and making illegal payments to policemen.
This seriously brings into question the conduct of Nick Clegg and David Cameron who knowingly employed someone at the heart of Government who may be arrested……