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Clash Over Phone Hacking Article Preceded Exit of Washington Post Editor

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Weeks before an executive editor abruptly resigned, her relationship with the company’s chief executive became increasingly tense. They clashed over the decision to publish an article about a British hacking scandal. The editor informed the chief executive about the newsroom’s plan to cover a judge’s ruling in a British legal case. In the case, the judge was expected to decide whether to add the chief executive’s name to a list of executives involved in concealing evidence of hacking. The chief executive disagreed and called the editor’s decision a lapse in judgment. The editor sought advice from confidants outside the company and eventually published an article about the judge’s ruling.