UK media probe extends to computer hacking

Murdoch`s media empire came under more pressure with Scotland Yard widening its investigations into phone-hacking to computer hacking.

London: Rupert Murdoch`s media empire in
Britain came under more pressure with Scotland Yard on Saturday
widening its ongoing investigations into phone-hacking to
instances of computer hacking.

Under probe on various fronts, the claim of leading
lights of the Murdoch empire that they were not aware of
phone-hacking was belied by private investigator Glenn
Mulcaire, who was employed by the News of the World.

A statement issued on his behalf said: "As an employee
he (Mulcaire) acted on the instructions of others. There were
also occasions when he understood his instructions were from
those who genuinely wished to assist in solving crimes. Any
suggestion that he acted in such matters unilaterally is

Scotland Yard said that a new team had been set up to
investigate matters not covered by its phone-hacking inquiry,
Operation Weeting.

A spokesman said there had previously been a
"consideration of allegations" of computer hacking rather than
an investigation, but now "some aspects of that operation are
being moved towards investigation".

Meanwhile, members of the Culture, Media and Sport
committee of the House of Commons voted against recalling News
International chairman James Murdoch to give more evidence on
phone hacking.

Labour MP Tom Watson, who has been in the forefront to
highlight the phone-hacking issue, had wanted Murdoch and two
ex-News of the World (NoW) executives to appear before the

The former NoW men dispute Murdoch`s claim to have
been unaware of an email suggesting hacking was widespread.

The committee, however, will ask for more details, and
chairman John Whittingdale said that it was "very possible"
Murdoch would be asked to reappear after that.

Whittingdale told the BBC: "The areas where I`m
particularly keen to get additional information is from
(former legal manager) Tom Crone, (former editor) Colin Myler
and (former legal director) Jon Chapman, where they say the
evidence we were given by James Murdoch was wrong".

He said: "So what we`ve agreed to do is to ask them to
give us those extra details. When we have received that
response we may well wish to call them in and take oral

"On the basis of that I think it`s very possible we
will want to put those points to James Murdoch."

The Labour Party has also published a list of the
shadow cabinet`s meetings with the media.

Party leader Ed Miliband had already published the
list of his meetings with newspaper proprietors and editors
since he became Labour Party leader in September 2010.

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls met Rebekah Brooks and Will
Lewis from News International in February.

He also met the former News of the World editor Colin
Myler at the Labour Party Conference in Manchester last
September and attended a News International reception at the

Details of such meetings have previously been released
by Prime Minister David Cameron and other ministers,
indicating the scale of the `too cosy` relationship between
leading politicians and newspaper owners.


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