US editor of NoW arrested

James Desborough, editor of US version of News of the World, arrested as part of Operation Weeting.

Another journalist has been arrested as part of the investigation into phone-hacking at News of the World.

James Desborough, who was named showbiz writer of the year at the 2009 British Press Awards, was taken into custody this morning as part of the ongoing Operation Weeting.

Desborough started working for News of the World in 2005, moving to Los Angeles in 2009 to edit the US edition of the title, where he gained a reputation for his ability to uncover sensitive information.

Press Gazette reported in 2009 that Desborough "was recognised for stories about Fern Britten's gastric band, Peaches Geldof's divorce and Heather McCartney which were all published in the face of strong official denials."

Desborough is the 13th person to be arrested as part of Operation Weeting. His arrest comes the day after a letter by Clive Goodman, the former royal editor at News of the World who was jailed in 2007 for his part in the phone-hacking scandal, was released, revealing that knowledge of illegal activity at the tabloid was more widespread than was first thought. The letter has cast suspicion on claims made by James Murdoch and others to the Culture, Media and Sport Committee in connection with hacking.

His arrest will raise questions about whether sections of the US media are implicated in the hacking scandal.