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More News of the World links to the police

Issue No. 2261

A former Dublin-based News of the World journalist was working for Scotland Yard while employed by the paper.

Alex Marunchak—who was the paper’s Ireland editor—had been employed by the Metropolitan Police as a Ukrainian interpreter with access to highly sensitive police data between 1980 and 2000.

Marunchak left News International in 2006 after

25 years. In March, Panorama alleged Marunchak, who worked in Ireland between 1996 and 2006, paid a private investigator to conduct hacking.

Panorama named him as the News of the World executive who hired a specialist to plant spying software on the computer of military intelligence agent Ian Hurst. Hurst was involved in exposing former IRA interrogator Freddie Scappaticci as a British spy.

Marunchak has denied ordering phone or computer hacking while he was in Dublin.

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