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Sunday Times Targeted Brown

It wasn’t just News of the World, apparently: The Sunday Times and The Sun have been dragged into the phone-hacking scandal, with The Guardian saying that journalists from both papers targeted former prime minister Gordon Brown. A “blagger” working for The Sunday Times posed as Brown six times to gain information from his bank account; also, his lawyers were tricked by a Sunday Times employee into handing over personal legal information. The Sun also obtained records from Brown’s son’s medical file. The Guardian says “the sheer scale of the data assault on Brown is unusual, with evidence of attempts to obtain his legal, financial, tax, medical and police records as well as to listen to his voicemail.” (Editor's note: An original version incorrectly stated that The Times of London targeted Gordon Brown. It has been corrected to The Sunday Times.)

July 11, 2011 11:05 AM