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“I am tied by the criminal investigation but I think in a year’s time, every single one of you in this room might come up and say ‘OK, well, I see what she saw now,’” she said, according to a recording obtained by Sky News.

The comments Friday by James Murdoch, who heads the international operations of the New York-based News Corp., were an abrupt shift in tone from an interview his father gave Thursday to The Wall Street Journal _ another Murdoch paper. Rupert Murdoch had said that News Corp. management had handled the crisis “extremely well in every way possible” save for a few “minor mistakes.”

Brooks has been in charge of News International’s four _ now three _ British newspapers since 2007, following a four-year stint as editor of the market-leading daily tabloid, The Sun. Just a week ago, she faced 200 angry employees at the News of the World who had lost their jobs as she kept hers when Murdoch shut down the paper.

The news of her resignation was greeted with relief by British politicians.

“It is right that Rebekah Brooks has finally taken responsibility for the terrible events that happened on her watch, like the hacking of Milly Dowler’s phone,” said opposition Labour Party leader Ed Miliband. “No one in this country should exercise power without responsibility.”

Cameron, who had called for Brooks to step down, said she had made “the right decision,” said Steve Field, the prime minister’s spokesman.

Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal Alsaud, the second-largest News Corp. stockholder, told the BBC on Thursday that if Brooks were found to be implicated in wrongdoing by the newspapers “for sure she has to go. “

Brooks has agreed to answer questions next week from a U.K. parliamentary committee. Rupert and James Murdoch initially resisted, but also agreed to appear after the committee issued formal summonses to them.

Being hauled before a hostile group of legislators marks a rapid change of fortune for the 80-year-old Murdoch, long accustomed to being courted by prime ministers and other politicians scared of provoking the wrath of his editors.

Murdoch is like a beast or a god. He can attack you and destroy you or he can give you great power and glory,” Lord Maurice Glasman said Friday in a House of Lords debate. “He was outside the constraints, outside of law. He makes and breaks kings.”

British police have arrested seven people in their investigation of phone hacking, and two others in a parallel investigation of alleged bribery of police officers for information. Police say they have recovered a list of 3,700 names _ regarded as potential victims _ but so far have been in touch with fewer than 200 people.

News Corp. shares were down 1.3 percent at $15.78 in early New York trading.