- Jul 16, 2006
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UK police seek information on newspaper eavesdropping | ReutersUK police seek information on newspaper eavesdropping
Sun Sep 5, 2010
LONDON, Sept 5 (Reuters) - British police said on Sunday they had sought more information about claims that reporters at the News of the World newspaper illegally hacked into voicemail accounts to eavesdrop on people's phone messages. The issue shines an awkward spotlight on the former career of the head of communications in Prime Minister David Cameron's office, Andy Coulson, a former editor at the mass-market weekly paper, which has Britain's highest circulation.
The issue resurfaced last week after the New York Times reported that illegal eavesdropping by reporters at the paper was widespread. Since then, former News of the World reporter Sean Hoare has said in a BBC interview that Coulson knew of it. John Yates, assistant commissioner of London's Metropolitan Police, said the force had sought more information from the New York Times "and will consider this material, along with Sean Hoare's recent BBC Radio interview, and will consult the CPS (Crown Prosecution Service) on how best to progress".
On Friday, the News of the World said: "The New York Times story contains no new evidence -- it relies on unsubstantiated allegations from unnamed sources or claims from disgruntled former employees that should be treated with extreme scepticism given the reasons for their departures from this newspaper."
Brits... what in the hell is going on here?