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2 ex-David Cameron confidants face bribery charges

By The Associated Press

This article was published November 20, 2012 at 6:29 a.m.

— Two former confidants of Britain’s prime minister have been charged with conspiring to pay public officials in exchange for stories and information — the latest development in the country’s establishment-shaking scandal over media malfeasance.

Britain’s Crown Prosecution Services said Tuesday that former tabloid editors Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks were among five people being charged with conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office.

Prosecutors said that Brooks, a neighbor, close friend, and political ally of Prime Minister David Cameron, conspired with journalist John Kay to funnel as much as about $159,000 to Ministry of Defense employee Bettina Jordan Barber in return for a steady stream of stories that were published in Murdoch’s The Sun newspaper.

In a statement, the prosecutors alleged that Coulson, who until last year served as Cameron’s top press aide, conspired with journalist Clive Goodman to pay officials for access to a royal phone directory known as the “Green Book.”

Both sets of charges stem from the phone hacking scandal that broke out last year at Murdoch’s News of the World tabloid, which both Brooks and Coulson used to edit before she took a job as chief executive of News International, and he went to work for the government.

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