News UK has come under fire over claims that the Sun newspaper was also publishing stories obtained through phone hacking.
While giving evidence to the high court yesterday private investigator and convicted phone hacker, Glenn Mulcaire, detailed examples of stories published in the Sun between 2004 which he says were the source of phone hacking.
Mulcaire claims that the voicemail messages obtained under the orders of former News of the World news editor, Greg Miskiw, led to the publication of a number of stories in The Sun.
In his testimony Mulcaire said: “Several particular stories that I was tasked to provide information on, where I am almost certain that the information that I obtained through phone interception was published in the Sun newspaper.”
He added: “I strongly suspect that this job – which relates to international footballer Wayne Rooney and former brothel receptionist Pat Tierney – was a job for the Sun via Greg Miskiw, who was based in Manchester at the time. I remember that ‘The Sun’ appears in the left-hand corner of one of the pages of my notebook, which also shows the names of Rooney and Tierney. This means the information ended up at the Sun as I would have been told this upon tasking.”
The civil actions against News UK had until now centred on the News of the World however Mulcaire testimony now incorporates The Sun. Miskiw admitted hacking phones while at the News of the World however no such admissions have been made in relation to The Sun.
The stories flagged up in the case were published during the editorship of Rebekah Brooks who returned to become chief executive of News UK in September after being cleared of any involvement in phone hacking.