News of the World Targeted UK Terror Victims' Families

News of the World hacking scandal gets worse
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 6, 2011 1:42 AM CDT
A double-decker bus which was destroyed by a terrorist bomb, stands in Tavistock Square, London, in this July 7, 2005 file photo.    (AP Photo/Peter Macdiarmid-pa, file)
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(Newser) – Investigators probing how low Britain's News of the World was willing to go in pursuit of a story may have finally hit bottom: Police have notified relatives of the victims of the 2005 London bombings that they were targeted by the paper and may have had their phones hacked, the Guardian reports. Following the news that the paper's journalists hacked the voicemail of a murdered girl, officers are examining every high-profile case involving the murder or abduction of a child since 2001.

Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator at the heart of the scandal, issued a public apology yesterday, stressing that he has already been to prison for hacking phones and faces the possibility of further prosecution. "Working for the News of the World was never easy,” he said, blaming the paper's "constant demand for results," and claiming that he didn't know that he was breaking the law at the time. "I do ask the media to leave my family and my children, who are all blameless, alone," he said.

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