U.K. Police Say 18 Lawmakers Hacked by News Corp. Investi

The private investigator jailed in 2007 for hacking phones for News Corp.’s now defunct News of the World tabloid targeted at least 18 lawmakers, police said.

Fifty-four lawmakers, 44 of them current or former members of the House of Commons and 10 from the House of Lords, have been identified as mentioned in Glenn Mulcaire’s notes so far, Metropolitan Police Service Deputy Assistant Commissioner Sue Akers said in a letter to Parliament’s Culture Committee published today.

Of these, 14 members of the Commons and four members of the Lords have been identified as likely hacking victims. All have been notified, Akers said. She said it was possible that her officers will identify more victims as they go through Mulcaire’s notes.

In a separate letter to the committee, also published today, James Murdoch, News Corp.’s deputy chief operating officer, set out new measures the company is taking to improve corporate governance.

He said all staff have been issued with a code of conduct, and so far 330 have been through training on bribery. Akers yesterday told an inquiry into media ethics that News Corp.’s Sun newspaper had maintained a network of corrupt public officials to supply stories, spending hundreds of thousands of pounds in bribes.

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