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Marunchak speaks out on email-hacking claims

Ex News of the World editor denies accusations of hacking.

Former News of the World executive editor Alex Marunchak has robustly denied allegations made by BBC Panorama that he paid a private detective for hacked email computer records.

Panorama this week reported evidence that Marunchak paid for the hacked emails of a former British army intelligence operative working in Northern Ireland, who it named as Ian Hurst.

And it showed secretly filmed footage in which Hurst met with another former IRA agent who claimed that he had illegally hacked his emails under instruction from Marunchak.

Panorama reported that the hacked emails were sent by fax to the Dublin offices of the News of the World in July 2006 - and it showed the transcripts to Hurst who verified that they were his private emails.

Read more at Press Gazette.

By Dominic Ponsford

Dominic Ponsford is editor of Press Gazette