Key people to watch as News of the World scandal unfolds

8. Metropolitan Police Authority leadership

Metropolitan Police Authority Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson and Assistant Commissioner John Yates have both resigned. Although neither has so far been linked to the scandal, London Mayor Boris Johnson said the two men made the right decision by resigning, the BBC reports.

"There is absolutely nothing that has been proven against the probity or the professionalism of either man," Mr. Johnson said. "But in both cases we have to recognise that the nexus of questions about the relationship between the Met and the News of the World was likely to be distracting to both officers in the run-up to the Olympic Games."

Sir Paul's resignation came amid criticism of his decision to hire Nick Wallis, a former News of the World deputy editor, as a public relations consultant for the Metropolitan Police. Mr. Wallis was arrested last week on charges of conspiring to intercept communications and was later released on bail.

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