Brown shocked at ‘criminality’ used to access files

GORDON BROWN has been “shocked” by the way that his family’s personal details have been obtained through alleged “criminality” and “unethical means”, his office said last night.

Amid claims that the former British prime minister was targeted by The Sun and The Sunday Times, which allegedly accessed details from his legal file, his Abbey National bank account and his baby son’s medical records, a spokeswoman said: “Gordon Brown has now been informed of the scale of intrusion into his family’s life.

“The family has been shocked by the level of criminality and the unethical means by which personal details have been obtained. The matter is in police hands. The police have confirmed Mr Brown is on Glenn Mulcaire’s list. And some time ago Mr Brown passed all relevant evidence he had to the police.”

On Twitter, Brown’s wife Sarah wrote: “So sad to learn all I am about my family’s privacy — it is very personal and really hurtful if all true.”

A former aide to Brown questioned how The Sun, when News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks was editor, had obtained details of his son Fraser’s cystic fibrosis.

David Muir, one of Mr Brown’s most senior advisers at No 10, said: “They were contacted by Rebekah Brooks, who told them that they had information that Fraser had cystic fibrosis, which was a matter that they, the family, were just getting their heads around at the time and dealing with.

“And you’ve got to remember this is just after they had suffered the bereavement with Jennifer (the Browns’ first child, who died soon after she was born) as well.

“They didn’t know how Rebekah came across this information and now, what’s come to light, it was obtained by what appeared to be illegal methods.”

Last night, Sky News quoted News International sources as being “comfortable” that stories reported by The Sun about the former prime minister’s children were obtained via legitimate means.

A News International spokesman said: “We note the allegations made today concerning the reporting of matters relating to Gordon Brown.

“So that we can investigate these matters further, we ask that all information concerning these allegations is provided to us.”

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