NoTW hacker 'had US numbers in files'
AMERICAN telephone numbers have been discovered in the files of Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator who was jailed for hacking voicemails on behalf of the 'News of the World', it has been claimed.
Scotland Yard detectives, who seized notebooks from Mulcaire when he was arrested in 2006, have discovered phone numbers belonging to Charlotte Church's Los Angeles agent and her New York publicist, Bloomberg reported.
Allegations of 'News of the World' hacking in the US have surfaced previously. The FBI is looking into claims that the actor Jude Law's phone was hacked while he was on US soil.
And last year there were allegations that the now defunct Sunday tabloid hacked the telephones of 9/11 victims.
The phone-hacking scandal has so far been largely confined to the UK. If it spreads to the US, it would be extremely damaging to Rupert Murdoch given that his News Corporation media empire is based there.
Ms Church's New York-based publicist, Kevin Chiaramonte, said he expected to be contacted by Scotland Yard and added: "I'm going to work with the authorities to the fullest extent I can."
News International declined to comment on the claims, which came as the first edition of Mr Murdoch's new Sunday newspaper was published.
The 'Sun on Sunday' replaces the 'News of the World', which closed in July amid a series of hacking revelations.
Meanwhile, the relationship between journalists and the police is to be examined as the Leveson Inquiry into media ethics begins its second stage today.
Sue Akers, the officer leading the investigation into phone hacking at the 'News of the World', will be among those giving evidence today. (© Daily Telegraph, London)