Two British Journalists Suspected of Phone Hacking

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Two tabloid journalists suspected of phone hacking were released on bail last night.



Neville Thurlbeck, chief reporter for the tabloid newspaper News of the World, was questioned voluntarily at Kingston police station.



Ian Edmondson, former news editor of the same paper, was questioned separately at Wimbledon police station. Neither man has been charged.



The two men are accused of illegally intercepting voice mail messages left on cell phones. The two men allegedly were involved in a large scheme to tap into cell phones of movie stars, professional athletes and other celebrities, even including the royal family.



Another former reporter for the paper has already served jail time for accessing messages left by Prince William and Prince Harry.



The entire case has been embarrassing to both the British police and the government.



News International, publisher of the News of the World, said, "we will not tolerate wrongdoing and continue to cooperate fully with police."



Celebrities who claim that their cell phones have been hacked include Sienna Miller and former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott. The News of the World is currently the subject of several breach-of-privacy lawsuits.



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1 comments:

Amanda Hintgen April 6, 2011 at 2:21 PM  

This is crazy to think about because you never know when someone is listening to you. of course, average people typically don't have the most interesting news but it is still a scary possibility.

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