The assistant editor of the News of the World Ian Edmondson has been suspended over serious allegations of phone hacking.
It actually appears that Edmondson was relieved of his duties before Christmas, but the story is just breaking today. Edmondson was implicated in documents, obtained by Nick Davies of The Guardian before Christmas, which suggested that he had told a private investigator to hack into the phone of Sienna Miller.
The paper has always declared that private investigator Glenn Mulcaire had been a rogue reporter acting outside of the law, so this could undermine that defence. The potential for political repercussions are there as well with Andy Coulson, the paper’s then editor, now David Cameron’s director of communications.
I expect the Guardian to splash with this tonight, probably written by Nick Davies.