British police launch computer hacking investigation
Sunday, July 31, 2011
The Metropolitan Police, a British police force based in the capital city of London, has announced its intention to commence a new investigation related to allegations of computer hacking. The force has received numerous allegations of computer and email hacking relating to journalists since January of this year, prompting the launch of the probe, codenamed . According to a spokesperson for Scotland Yard, computer hacking allegations have already been brought into account, but now, "some aspects of that operation are being moved towards investigation".
These allegations occurred during alleged phone hacking offences. The Metropolitan Police said that the computer hacking claims were not within the remit of the phone hacking allegation probe, so a separate investigation had to be launched. Operation Tuleta consists of a fresh team of detectives, who will provide information to Operation Weeting deputy assistant commissioner ., which has investigated
Meanwhile, the legal representatives for Glenn Mulcaire, a private investigator for the former British publication(NotW) have stated that he was proceeding "on the instructions of others". , the mother of the , was informed that Mulcaire possibly hacked into her phone and gathered her contact information. Payne was said to be "very distressed and upset" by the allegations. Mulcaire was sentenced to prison in January 2007 along with , the royal editor for the NotW.
The final edition of the NotW was published this July, amid the phone hacking scandal within News Corporation. A public inquiry relating to the affair was launched, triggered by allegations of phone hacking and police corruption.
- "Metropolitan Police starts computer hacking probe" — , July 30, 2011
- "Hacking Scandal: Police Launch Fresh Probe" — , July 30, 2011
- "Met opens computer hacking investigation" — , July 30, 2011