Lawyer for Assange tweets his phone hacked

Mark Stephens, lawyer for whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, speaks to the media as he arrives at City of Westminster Magistrates Court in London, Dec. 7, 2010. AP Photo

Mark Stephens, lawyer for whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, speaks to the media as he arrives at City of Westminster Magistrates Court in London, Dec. 7, 2010.
AP Photo

The lawyer for wikileaks founder Julian Assange says he may be among the people hacked by Rupert Murdoch's now-shuttered "News of the World" newspaper in the U.K.

In a tweet, high-profile lawyer Mark Stephens said he may have been hacked along with other lawyers, and was awaiting a police meeting.

Stephens is representing Assange in a sexual assault case in Sweden.

Mr Stephens told Britain's Channel 4 News he contacted Scotland Yard to ask if his phone had been targeted. He said: "I asked them if I'd been hacked - they came back to me in 90 mins and said yes.

"It confirmed my worst suspicions," he told the British TV channel.

Mr Stephens's former clients include James Hewitt, who had an affair with Princess Diana, and most recently the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

Britain's "News of the World" newspaper was shutdown this month after allegations the paper's journalists paid police for information and hacked into the voicemails of young murder victims and the grieving families of dead soldiers.

The paper is owned by media mogul Rupert Murdoch, who was grilled by the U.K. Parliament this week over the abuse of journalistic practices by that paper.

In the U.S., the F.B.I. is looking into whether Murdoch's empire hacked the cell phones of 9/11 victims

  • David Hancock

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