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Light falls on shadowy world

Issue No. 2263

Former British intelligence officer Ian Hurst said he was shown evidence that his emails were intercepted and later faxed to the News of the World’s Dublin office.

He said the fax was addressed to “Alex”.

Alex Marunchak—the News of the World’s Ireland editor at the time—is accused of hiring a private investigator to hack Hurst’s computer. Marunchak denies this.

This new investigation is problematic for the government.

Hurst was being spied on as he was spying on another British agent inside the IRA.

David Cameron says the intelligence services cannot be discussed in parliamentary inquiries.

But as the scandal unravels, the prospect grows of light failing on the shadowy world of British intelligence in Northern Ireland.

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Tue 2 Aug 2011, 17:38 BST
Issue No. 2263
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