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#Leveson :Video - Alex Marunchak - British Intelligence Officer's Computer Hacked

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British Intelligence Officer's Computer Hacked

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Scotland Yard is widening its probe into illegal phone hacking by setting up a team of officers to investigate a number of cyber crime claims.

It's claimed Alex Marunchak paid private investigators to intercept the emails of former Northern Ireland intelligence officer Ian Hurst.

The English journalist, who ran the newspaper's Dublin operation between 1996 and 2006, disputed the allegations, describing them as "pure fantasy".

Mr Marunchak denied having ever ordered phone or computer hacking during his 10 years in Dublin.

Mr Marunchak:

"I can say categorically that nothing of that sort ever happened in Ireland."

However it's claimed Mr Marunchak hired private investigator Jonathan Rees to hack Mr Hurst's computer.

Mr Hurst was targeted for information as he had "run" a number of IRA informers.

He had used the pseudonym Martin Ingram to co-write a book about Freddie Scappaticci, or 'Stakeknife', who was deputy head of the Provisional IRA's so-called 'nutting squad'.

The programme alleged Mr Rees subcontracted the work to another investigator who used spy software to retrieve emails.

Details of emails from Mr Hurst's computer were subsequently forwarded by fax to the News of the World's Dublin office on July 5, 2006, with Alex Marunchak being the intended recipient.

Mr Hurst said:

"The BBC has shown me documents which contained parts of emails between me and a number of other people. This person was paid by News International to hack into my computer and it is clear that British security have been aware for a number of years that I was being hacked for a sustained period."

Mr Hurst said he wouldn't rest until a criminal investigation was launched and also said he would be vigorously pursuing a case against News Corp-owned News International - the publishers of the now defunct tabloid.

Sunday 31st July 2011