Suggesting that it may now have evidence that reporters and/or their accomplices working for the now shuttered U.K. tabloid News of the World may have hacked into computers or engaged in other forms of illegal eavesdropping, Scotland Yard is reportedly expanding the scope of its original investigation. The Wall Street Journal reported today (Monday) that the police agency has launched a new probe, Operation Tuleta, to investigate possible breaches of privacy beyond the interception of voicemail messages (Operation Weeting). The Yard is also investigating allegations that News of the World paid police for information (Operation Elveden). All three inquiries are being led by Sue Akers, who took over the investigation of the tabloid after police were strongly criticized by British lawmakers and other U.K. newspapers for failing to look into complaints that the voicemail hacking was far more widespread than News of the World had admitted. News of the World was owned by News Corp, which also owns the Wall Street Journal. In a related development, CNN said over the weekend that it is standing by Piers Morgan, who has been accused of similar hacking activities when he edited another London tabloid, the Daily Mirror between 1995 and 2004. Morgan has emphatically denied the charges. Trinity Mirror, which owns the newspaper, said that it has launched an internal probe of the allegations.

01/08/2011