Gordon Brown, former prime minister, speaking to the BBC, alleges that News International hired known criminals to invade his privacy to obtain a story for the Sunday Times:
""I had my bank account broken into. I had my legal files effectively broken into. My tax returns went missing at one point. Medical records were broken into. I don't know how this happened."
"I do know that in two instances, there is absolute proof that News International hired people to do this and the people who are doing this are criminals, known criminals in some cases with records of violence and fraud."