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British reporter arrested over alleged data thefts

Saturday, September 08, 2012    

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LONDON, England (AP) — British police investigating the country's tabloid phone hacking scandal and related privacy offences say they've arrested a journalist on suspicion of theft, computer misuse and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Scotland Yard said yesterday that the 33-year-old man, who it did not name, had been released on bail following questioning.

Police said that the arrest relates to the suspected harvesting of data from stolen mobile phones.

New police inquiries began after revelations that the now-defunct News of the World, a Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid, illegally accessed the cellphone voicemail messages of scores of people in the public eye.

Rebekah Brooks, former chief of News Corp's British operations, and Andy Coulson, a former tabloid editor and ex-communications chief for Prime Minister David Cameron, both face criminal charges.

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