NotW May Have Phone Hacked 5,795 People: Police

Number much higher than initial estimates
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 4, 2011 10:01 AM CDT
News of the World Phone Hacked Almost 5,800 People, Police Say
Former private detective Glenn Mulcaire is seen outside his house on July 21, 2011 in Sutton, England. Mulcaire illegally intercepted voicemail for the News Of The World.   (Getty Images)

News of the World’s private investigator listened in on a lot of people. Police say that professional snooper Glenn Mulcaire’s 11,000 pages of notes contain the names of 5,795 potential victims—almost twice the 2,000 to 3,000 the Guardian initially reported two years ago, according to the paper. But police cautioned that it’s "not possible to give a precise figure," and that the number is "very likely to be revised in the future."

Meanwhile, investigators arrested a journalist who is believed to work for the Sun—another Murdoch-owned paper—on suspicion of bribing police, sources tell the Telegraph. The arrest is part of “Operation Elveden,” a wide investigation into News International bribery that also saw the arrest of Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks. It is running alongside Operation Weeting, the phone hacking investigation. (More News of the World stories.)

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