Rebekah Brooks: I feel vindicated by acquittal

Rebekah Brooks: I feel vindicated by acquittal

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LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Rebekah Brooks, the former head of News International, leaves the Old Bailey accused of conspiracy to access private voicemails on September 26, 2012 in London, England. Several former members of staff at the defunct News of the World newspaper are appearing to face charges connected with phone hacking; the illegal activity which led to the closure of the paper. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

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Posted on June 26, 2014 at 1:08 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 26 at 1:08 PM

LONDON (AP) - Rebekah Brooks says she is innocent of phone hacking and other crimes and feels vindicated by a jury's unanimous decision to acquit her.
   
The former News of the World tabloid editor made her first public statement since being cleared this week of conspiring to hack phones, bribe officials and obstruct police.
   
Standing Thursday beside her husband Charles - who was also acquitted - Brooks said the last few years "have been tough." She said "I have learnt some valuable lessons and hopefully I am the wiser for it."
   
Brooks said she would offer support to former colleagues who still face charges.
   
Dozens of journalists have been arrested since the revelation that Rupert Murdoch's now-shuttered News of the World eavesdropped on the voicemails of thousands of people.

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