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Murdoch’s World by David Folkenflik

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“THIS ONE”: REBEKAH BROOKS

UNDER OTHER CIRCUMSTANCES, REBEKAH BROOKS might well have been considered a victim of hacking. Her first marriage to the soap opera star Ross Kemp imploded in 2005, when she was editor of the Sun. Brooks (then Rebekah Wade) was arrested at 4:00 AM on suspicion of having assaulted Kemp but was not charged; she told reporters it was “a silly row that got out of hand.” Their spats inspired staffers for her old paper, the News of the World, to start hacking repeatedly into messages on their former boss’s mobile phone, police later concluded.

Brooks and Kemp had favored Tony Blair’s New Labour, and she had befriended Blair, ...

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