News Corp. Phone Hacking Scandal Nears 20 Arrests

Glenn Mulcaire, a private investigator who worked for the News of the World, has been arrested

The phone hacking scandal has come full circle.

Glenn Mulcaire, who was already jailed for phone hacking back in 2007, has been arrested again on suspicion of intercepting voicemails and “perverting the course of justice,” according to the Guardian.

The detectives of Operation Weeting – as the phone hacking investigation is called – said that they had arrested a 41-year old man in London on Wednesday morning.

That man is believed to be Mulcaire, a private investigator who worked for the now-defunct British tabloid the News of the World for many years. The News of the World, formerly a property of News Corp., stands at the center of the scandal that is now the focus of both a police investigation and judicial inquiry.

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Back in 2006, the police arrested Mulcaire and Clive Goodman, the News of the World’s royal editor, for phone hacking. Both men were sent to prison.

News Corp. authorities maintained that Goodman was a rogue reporter, acting on his own with the help of Mulcaire.

Those claims have since proven false – and that’s an understatement. Mulcaire is now the 18th person to be arrested in connection with the scandal, joining a list that includes two former News of the World editors – Rebekah Brooks, an associate of News Corp. Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch, and Andy Coulson, who recently worked for British Prime Minister David Cameron.

Mulcaire’s alleged offense – “perverting the course of justice” has not been as common as the arrests.

The police have declined to confirm that identity of the arrested man.