San Francisco Chronicle
July 18, 2011

Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner John Yates became the second senior officer to quit in two days over the phone-hacking scandal at News Corp.’s News of the World newspaper in the U.K.

Yates, Britain’s top anti-terrorism policeman, announced his resignation in a statement e-mailed today by the force. It follows the departure of Commissioner Paul Stephenson announced yesterday and means London is losing two of its top police officers a year before the capital hosts the Olympics.

“In both cases the right call was made,” London Mayor Boris Johnson said in a televised news conference. “We have to recognize 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.”

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