Report: Murdoch’s hackers also targeted Julian Assange’s former attorney

By Stephen C. Webster
Friday, July 22, 2011 12:54 EDT
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An attorney who represented embattled WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was targeted by hackers working for the now-shuttered News Corporation tabloid News of the World, he told reporters with Britain’s Channel 4 News.

A number for Mark Stephens, Assange’s prior lawyer, reportedly appears in a notebook kept by Murdoch phone hacker Glenn Mulcaire, who served a prison sentence over the case.

Phone numbers in Mulcaire’s notes are being called by Scotland Yard. Stephens said the agency confirmed to him that his number was on the list of about 4,000.

“There is nothing I can do about it but the important thing is to ascertain which client [was the target] so I can advise them,” he reportedly said. “My concern is for them, not myself.”

Others allegedly targeted in the Murdoch newspaper’s schemes included dead soldiers and terrorist attack victims, celebrities, politicians, members of the royal family and others.

The paper is also said to have bribed police officers in Britain to obtain location data from phones. They allegedly a attempted to bribe at least one more officer in the U.S., but he refused and went public about the offer.

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice have opened probes into News Corp. to determine whether their conduct was in violation of the Corrupt Foreign Practices Act, and whether any Americans were targeted. The Department of Justice said that it was preparing subpoenas

Image credit: AFP.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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