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Rebekah Brooks asked for office "sweep" before hacking inquiry reopened

Published on Jan 13, 2014 10:03 PM
 
Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks arrives at the Old Bailey in central London, on Dec 18, 2013. Rebekah Brooks, the former head of Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper arm, asked for her office to be swept for listening devices the day before police reopened their investigation into phone-hacking, a London court heard on Monday, Jan 13, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - Rebekah Brooks, the former head of Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper arm, asked for her office to be swept for listening devices the day before police reopened their investigation into phone-hacking, a London court heard on Monday.

The Old Bailey was also told that Murdoch's News International set up three security operations, nicknamed Blackhawk, Kestrel and Sparrowhawk, to protect executives when they were sent threatening letters at the height of public anger in 2011 over phone-hacking allegations.

"Can we have my phones, and office swept ... thanks. Discreetly," Brooks wrote in an email to Will Lewis, a senior News International executive, and Mark Hanna who ran the company's security operation.

The email was sent on Jan 25 2011, the day before London's Metropolitan Police announced a new investigation into hacking by journalists at Murdoch's News of the World tabloid.

 
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