James Forsyth James Forsyth

The list of alleged victims grows longer as News International’s problems mount

The emotive list of alleged victims of phone hacking has grown again tonight. To Milly Dowler, the parents of the Soham victims, and survivors of 7/7 can now be added the families of British soldiers killed in Afghanistan and Iraq. It should be stressed that nothing has yet been proved in any of these cases. But this story is just getting bigger and bigger and more and more problematic for News International.

Among tomorrow’s front pages, the FT’s will — I expect — cause particular concern at the top of the company. It declares ‘Murdoch investors take fright’. This along with the growing international interest in the story, threaten to open new fronts on Murdoch.

There are two new political notes to the scandal tonight. George Osborne has been told that his name appeared in the notes of Glen Mulcaire, a private investigator used by the News of the World.

In the Telegraph, Peter Oborne accuses David Cameron of having potentially compromised his whole premiership over this matter. Peter has written about this whole sordid scandal with courage and passion and both his Telegraph essay and his Spectator cover story are well worth reading. 

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