Former News International attorney arrested in London in HackerGate
Tom Crone, the former senior legal figure at News International, Rupert Murdoch’s beleaguered newspaper subsidiary, was arrested this morning by British police.
One of Fleet Street’s most famed and feared operators appears to be ensnared in the ongoing phone-hacking scandal, as Tom Crone, 60, the former head of legal affairs at News International, was arrested in a dawn raid this morning by police officers from Scotland Yard.
‘It’s yet another blow to the reputation of News Corp.,’ said Chris Bryant, a British M.P. who has been investigating abuses at News International, News Corp.’s beleaguered subsidiary. ‘I’m glad the police are finally pursuing their investigations wherever the evidence leads them.’
Crone resigned from News International during the height of the phone-hacking crisis last summer, and while he has been censured for misleading Parliament, this is the first time he has been arrested by police. ‘His arrest is clearly significant,’ said M.P. Tom Watson in an interview with The Daily Beast. An ‘articulate and very clever man,’ Watson said, ‘Crone was a loyal servant to Rupert Murdoch for many years.’ The lawyer joined News International 25 years ago, and has been its senior legal figure in many high profile disputes and libel cases.