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U.K. Hacking Scandal Forces PMs Spin Doctor to Quit





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Former News of the World editor resigned as Prime Minister David Cameron's director of communications, on January 21, 2011

When Tony Blair's spin doctor Alastair Campbell resigned in 2003, he said his position had become untenable once he "became the story" over his role in the British government's decision to go to war on Iraq. It's a rule of logic thatPrime Minister David Cameron's increasingly beleaguered director of communications, Andy Coulson, resisted for months. But now he has succumbed amid renewed questions surrounding his knowledge of phone tapping by his journalists during his time as editor of a Sunday tabloid.

Политтехнолог, эксперт по связям с общественностью; уходить в отставку; несостоятельный; осажденный, загнанный в угол; сопротивляться; уступить, поддаться; окружать; прослушивание телефона

In his own version of Campbell's dictum, Coulson quit 10 Downing Street on Friday morning in a bid to spare his boss further embarrassment, declaring: "When a spokesman needs a

spokesman, it's time to move on." Only a few days earlier, Cameron had stood by his man, insisting he had given Coulson a "second chance" in 2007, after the affair which led to his resignation as editor of the News of the World.Афоризм, сентенция, авторитетное мнение; уходить, прекращать; попытка; избавлять,щадить; смущение; настаивать

It all began when Prince William told police he believed his mobile phone messages were being broken into, which led to a 2006 investigation into phone hacking by News of the World reporters. The paper's Royal editor, Clive Goodman, and a private investigator, Glenn Mulcaire, were arrested later that year and in 2007 Goodman was jailed for four months and Mulcaire for six months for hacking into the phones of members of the royal household.

Прослушивание телефона; посадить в тюрьму

Coulson deniedall knowledge of their activities yet took responsibility and resigned. Shortly after, he was snapped upby Cameron to act as the Conservative Party spokesman. But Coulson could never shake the controversy completely, and since then a number of celebrities and politicians — including Gwyneth Paltrow, George Michael and former Labour deputy prime minister John Prescott — have come forward claiming their phones have been hacked by the News of the World.

Отрицать; взять ответственность на себя; вскоре, незадолго, коротко; уйти (отправить ) в отставку; спор; выступить с заявлением.

Recently, the saga seemed to be dying down. Until last September, when the New York Times revived the row with an investigation suggesting that phone hacking was widespread at the News of the World during Coulson's editorship from 2005-2006. Then in early January, the tabloidsuspended its news editor, Ian Edmondson, over fresh accusations of hacking thought to involvethe actress Sienna Miller — again during Coulson's editorship. (Edmondson too denies anywrongdoing.) Two days later the Metropolitan Police sought new material relating to theallegations.

Недавно; воскресить, возродить; скандал; временно отстранять; отрицать противоправные деяния; разыскивать, стремиться, предпринимать попытки; новые материалы, относящиеся к этим голословным утверждениям (предположениям)

Britain has a long history of celebrities, in particular, finding themselves on the receiving end of the tabloids' notoriously aggressive attentions. In 2004, supermodel Naomi Campbell won a breach of confidentiality case againstthe Daily Mirror over pictures of her leaving aNarcotics Anonymous meeting. In 2008, Miller took action againstthe Sun and the News of theWorld over the publication oftopless pictures of her. And the following year, Kate Winsletsuccessfully sued the Daily Mail for its false suggestion that she lied about needing littleexercise to keep in shape.

Оказаться в центре агрессивного (навязчивого) внимания таблоидов; выиграть судебный иск о вторжении в частную жизнь; подать в суд; возбуждать иск по поводу ложного заявления о … и выиграть судебный процесс;

The News of the World, in particular, has become famous for its investigative reporter Mazher Mahmood, who recently exposedthe Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, for offering up access toher former husband Prince Andrew for £500,000 ($800,000).

Разоблачать; предлагать устроить доступ к …;

It isthese types of tactics that have led many to question whether Coulson was as unaware of his reporters' behavior as he has always claimed. They also had many wondering about Cameron's judgment in employing Coulson as his communications director. With the New York Times investigation giving the story new life, the likelihood of collateral damage tothe prime minister had intensified to the point whereCoulson felt he had no choice but to quit.

Именно… ; заставило многих озадачиться относительно … ; не осознавать ; утверждать;многие задумывались о … ; вероятность косвенного вреда (ущерба); усилилось до того,

что … By Nick Assinder / London Friday, Jan. 21, 2011

 

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