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Tuesday
Jul052011

Murdered Girl's Phone Hacked; Tabloid Accused

Comstock/Stockbyte/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- A story that has gripped Britain for a decade has now taken a sickening twist. London's News of the World, a weekly tabloid focused on celebrity and crime scoops, is accused of hacking into the voicemail of a missing teenage girl in pursuit of exclusive stories.

The case involves 13-year-old Milly Dowler, who disappeared in March 2002. Her remains were found southwest of London six months later. Just two weeks ago, a convicted double murderer was found guilty of killing Dowler and the case was closed. But it is now back in the headlines with revelations that reporters not only listened to the teenager's voicemail, but deleted voicemail messages -- leading her parents to believe she was still alive and potentially obstructing the police investigation into her disappearance.

Rebekah Brooks, Chief Executive of News International, the company that owns the paper, emailed her staff Tuesday about the allegation, saying she was "sickened that these events are alleged to have happened." She said, "If the accusations are true, the devastating effect on Milly Dowler's family is unforgivable." Brooks, who was editor of the tabloid at the time, is now media mogul Rupert Murdoch's top lieutenant. There is a rising chorus of calls for her resignation, with critics saying she either knew about the hacking and did nothing, or simply did not know what her paper was doing in its aggressive pursuit of a story.

"It is distress heaped upon tragedy to learn that the News of the World had no humanity at such a terrible time," said Mark Lewis, lawyer for the Dowler family. "The fact that they were prepared to act in such a heinous way that could have jeopardized the police investigation and give them false hope is despicable."

Prime Minister David Cameron said Tuesday he was shocked and called for a thorough police inquiry into the accusations.

"What you're looking at here is with [tabloid] papers is a furiously competitive world where the paper circulation was falling," George Brock, professor and head of journalism at City University of London, told ABC News.

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Friday
Jun242011

Courier's Cellphone Provides Clues to Bin Laden's Pakistan Ties

AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New clues have reportedly surfaced regarding Osama bin Laden's ties with Pakistan that could help better explain how the al Qaeda leader managed to get away undetected in the country for years before being killed by Navy SEALs last month.

According to the New York Times, senior American officials say contacts to the militant group Harakat-ul-Mujahedeen -- a longtime asset of Pakistan’s intelligence agency -- were found on the cellphone that belonged to bin Laden's trusted courier.  The phone was recovered during the May 2 raid of bin Laden's Abbottabad compound, where both he and his courier were killed.

The officials told the Times that after analysts traced the calls made on the cellphone, they discovered that commanders of the militant group contacted Pakistani intelligence officials, and one even said they had met.

However, the officials noted that the communications between Harakat-ul-Mujahedeen and Pakistani intelligence officials did not necessarily revolve around bin Laden.

The militant group has since denied these claims and any links to bin Laden, according to the BBC.

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