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Former British agent says News of the World hacked his computer

Issue No. 2282

The hacking scandal continues to cover the Metropolitan Police, News International and David Cameron in filth.

A former British army intelligence officer has claimed that the police were involved in a cover-up at the highest level.

Ian Hurst, whose computer was also allegedly hacked by the News of the World (NotW), made the accusation to the Leveson inquiry into the media last week.

Hurst called for the Metropolitan Police to provide “all intelligence of police corruption including that at very highest level”.

“That is exactly what you are dealing with here ladies and gentlemen—corruption,” he told the inquiry. He added that Scotland Yard “has let society down. They should be making a full disclosure”.

He read from his witness statement, “Andy Coulson was the editor [of the NotW] and he is fucking big pals with a lot of powerful people including police officers.”

Hurst told the Leveson inquiry, at London’s high court, that he believed NotW had installed a virus on his family computer in 2006. This allowed it to access his messages and other documents, he said.

Hurst served in covert army units in Northern Ireland between 1980 and 1991.

In March, BBC’s Panorama programme alleged that Alex Marunchak, who worked for the NotW in Ireland between 1996 and 2006, used a private detective to hire a specialist to plant spying software on Hurst’s computer.

The Metropolitan Police employed Marunchak between 1980 and 2000 as an interpreter with access to highly sensitive police data.

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