UK cops get ‘heavy’ over hacking sources

Police are demanding that the Guardian newspaper reveal its sources for the story that reignited Britain’s phone-hacking scandal.

The Guardian said London’s Metropolitan Police was seeking a court order that would force the paper to unveil source material for a handful of stories, including a July 4 article that revealed the now-defunct News of the World tabloid hacked into the voicemail messages of missing British schoolgirl, Milly Dowler, who was later found murdered.

Police confirmed they were seeking evidence connected to potential breaches of Britain’s Official Secrets Act, which criminalises the disclosure of state secrets and, in some cases, police information.

Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger said: “It’s such heavy weaponry to be used over something that’s not really about official secrets

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