News Corp. Phone Hacking May Have Lasted Until 2009, Leveson Lawyer Says
By Erik Larson – Nov 14, 2011 8:54 AM ET
Police suspect phone-hacking continued at News Corp. (NWSA)’s News of the World until 2009 and as many as 27 employees were listed in private investigator Glenn Mulcaire’s notebooks, a lawyer said at a U.K. press inquiry.
The notebook, seized by police in 2006, also referred to messages intercepted on behalf of “The Sun” and “The Mirror,” Robert Jay, a lawyer for the review, said at a hearing in London. Mulcaire pleaded guilty to hacking and was jailed in 2007 with News of the World reporter Clive Goodman.
“The inquiry is beginning to receive evidence indicating that phone hacking was not limited” to News Corp.’s News International unit, Jay said on the first day of the inquiry. “It is clear that Goodman was not a rogue reporter.”
The inquiry, set up in July by Prime Minister David Cameron, formally begins in London less than a week after News Corp. Deputy Chief Operating Officer James Murdoch gave testimony for a second time to lawmakers running a parallel probe of the scandal. Judge Brian Leveson is tasked with finding out how the current regulations failed and proposing new rules.
Officials at News Corp. and Trinity Mirror Plc (TNI), the publisher of the Daily Mirror, didn’t immediately return calls seeking comment.
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