The British reporter who was arrested at his home early Wednesday was identified in news reports today (Thursday) as Raoul Simons, a sports editor at the London Times. Of 16 persons arrested in connection with the phone-hacking scandal that has embroiled Rupert Murdoch's media empire, he is the first one not connected with News of the World , the now-defunct Sunday tabloid overseen by News International, a unit of Murdoch's News Corp. The Times , however, is also owned by Murdoch's company, and reports indicated that he was suspended by the newspaper last year after Times executives learned that he had phoned private detective Glenn Mulcaire to ask about how to hack into a mobile phone. Mulcaire is one of two persons working for News of the World who were convicted of phone hacking in 2007, and his notes and recordings are serving as principal evidence against others in the latest investigation. Presumably he recorded his conversation with Simons. His arrest is particularly pertinent since it seems to reveal that others besides News of the World employees throughout News International's 15-acre complex in the Wapping district of London were aware of Mulcaire's activities. Simons was suspended by the Times last year, reports said, but has continued to receive his regular salary pending completion of the investigation of the case. Meanwhile, HCL Technologies, which stores News International's archived emails, told a parliamentary committee on Wednesday that it had been asked to remove or delete emails on 11 occasions between December 2009 and June 2011.

08/09/2011