Wednesday 22 November 2017

Sunday Times, Sun targeted private records: Brown

Gordon and Sarah Brown. Photo: Getty Images
Gordon and Sarah Brown. Photo: Getty Images

Former British premier Gordon Brown today broke his silence over the News International scandal by accusing Rupert Murdoch's organisation of targeting his personal information.

In a dramatic intervention in the deepening scandal, the ex Labour leader claimed that private investigators accessed details relating to his personal bank account.

It is also claimed that the tabloid gained access to the medical records of his ill son.

And it is claimed he and his wife featured in Glenn Mulcaire's records.

His lawyers claimed:

• Abbey National bank found evidence suggesting that a "blagger" acting for the Sunday Times on six occasions posed as Brown and gained details from his account;

• Brown's London lawyers, Allen & Overy, were tricked into handing over details from his file by a conman working for the Sunday Times;

• Details from his infant son's medical records were obtained by the Sun, who published a story about the child's serious illness.

Mr Brown's decision to make the accusations is the latest extraordinary twist in a tumultuous seven days which has shaken Mr Murdoch's British newspaper empire and almost certainly killed his £9bn bid for BSkyB.

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