Report: British tabloid targeted police investigators

July 12, 2011 05:03

WASHINGTON - Five senior British police investigators discovered that their mobile phones were targeted soon after Scotland Yard opened an initial criminal inquiry of phone hacking by The News of the World in 2006, The New York Times reported on Monday.

The disclosure raises questions about whether the police officers had concerns about aggressively investigating the tabloid for fear that their own secrets would be divulged by the paper, the Times reported.

Damaging allegations about two of the senior officers' private lives were revealed by other news outlets, the report said.

Employees of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp's now-shuttered News of the World tabloid have been accused of hacking into personal voicemail and paying bribes to British police and other officials for information that became news scoops.

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