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Ex-Sun Journalist to Be Charged in U.K. Computer-Hacking Probe

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Sept. 30 (Bloomberg) -- A former journalist at News Corp.’s U.K. tabloid the Sun will be charged as part of a computer-hacking investigation, prosecutors said.

Ben Ashford, the first to be charged in London police’s Operation Tuleta, faces two counts of possession of criminal property and unauthorized access to computer material, the Crown Prosecution Service said in an e-mailed statement today.

Operation Tuleta opened in July 2011 following police-led probes into phone hacking and bribery at News Corp.’s U.K. newspapers. Police widened their investigation into computer hacking and corporate spying to include people and companies beyond the press in July.

Ashford, 34, has been ordered to appear at a London court Oct. 15. A spokeswoman at News Corp.’s U.K. unit declined to comment on the arrest.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jeremy Hodges in London at jhodges17@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Anthony Aarons at aaarons@bloomberg.net

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