US sources: No basis yet to probe 9/11 hack claim

July 18, 2011 23:39


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LONDON - There is no basis so far for police in New York to open an investigation into claims that any of Rupert Murdoch's media outlets tried to hack into the voice mail accounts of victims of the Sept. 11 attacks, a US law enforcement official said on Monday.

London's Daily Mirror reported last week on a purported attempt by reporters from Murdoch's defunct News of the World to hire an ex-New York policeman to hack into the voice mails.

But some US officials are questioning whether any corroboration will ever be found to substantiate the claim. "My guess is there's no there there," said a law enforcement official familiar with the New York Police Department's view.

Two other law enforcement officials, also speaking on the condition that they not be identified, said no new evidence had emerged to back up the claim.

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