News Summary: UK PM defends ill-fated Coulson hire

Associated Press Published: June 14, 2012

PRIME MINISTER SPEAKS: At Britain's media ethics inquiry, David Cameron defended his ill-fated decision to make disgraced tabloid editor Andy Coulson his communications director.

ABOUT COULSON: Coulson had resigned as News of the World editor in 2007 after it was found to have hacked into the voicemail messages of top aides to the royal family. Coulson has since been charged with perjury.

WHAT WAS KNOWN: Cameron said he had received assurances that Coulson was not involved — but those proved hollow when Coulson was forced to resign last year after new revelations about widespread wrongdoing at his newspaper.


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