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January 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

News International, which oversees News Corp’s newspaper properties in the U.K. including the Sunday tabloid News of the World, announced Thursday that it will conduct an independent investigation of allegations of voice-mail hacking by NoW reporters. News of the probe follows last month’s sacking of Ian Edmondson, the assistant editor in charge of news for News International, and mounting claims by British celebrities and politicians that their phones were likely hacked. Until last month News International had maintained that the voice-mail hacking was conducted by one private detective working with one rogue reporter at the tabloid. But shortly before Christmas, the company suspended Edmondson after his initials and the name “Ian” turned up on documents prepared by the convicted private detective Glenn Mulcaire that were subpoenaed by British actress Sienna Miller.