In America, you watch Fox News, in Britain, Fox News watches you…The tally of individuals whose phones may have been hacked on behalf of Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World tabloid has been upgraded, first from “a handful” to “hundreds”, and the total stands at 5,795 and counting, the Telegraph reports:
Police have now found 5,795 names notes seized from Glenn Mulcaire, the News of the World private investigator who was jailed for phone hacking in 2007.
A spokesman for Scotland Yard said: “It is not possible to give a precise figure about the number of people whose phones have actually been hacked but we can confirm that as of 3 November 2011, the current number of potentially identifiable persons who appear in the material, and who may therefore be victims, where names are noted, is 5,795. “This figure is very likely to be revised in the future as a result of further analysis.”
The first police investigation claimed there were only a handful of victims. Following the emergence of former News of the World staff who claimed that the practice was widespread, in 2009 the police revised the number of potential victims to “hundreds rather than thousands”.
Then at a home affairs select committee, Sue Akers told MPs that her team had identified 3,870 names, 5,000 landline telephone numbers and 4,000 mobile numbers, suggesting that the number of victims may run into several thousands.