Salmond bank account 'hacked'

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has told the Leveson Inquiry his bank account might have been accessed by a reporter from The Observer. The paper's publisher says "we have been unable to find any evidence to substantiate his allegation."

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Observer reacts to Salmond hacking allegation

Guardian News and Media, the publisher of the Observer, has released a statement following Alex Salmond's allegation his bank account was hacked by an Observer reporter.

The allegation was made during Scotland's First Minister's evidence at the Leveson Inquiry.

Mr Salmond first raised the matter of an alleged unauthorised access of his bank account with the Observer's editor last year. The allegation was that a journalist working for the Observer had accessed his bank details in 1999. As we explained to him last year, on the basis of the information he had given us, we have been unable to find any evidence to substantiate his allegation. As our response to him at the time made clear, we take this allegation very seriously and if he is able to provide us with any more information we will investigate further.

– Guardian News and Media

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Salmond tells Leveson his bank account was hacked

During his evidence at the Leveson Inquiry, Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has said his bank account may have been accessed by a reporter.

The Observer newspaper looked into his account in the run-up to the 1999 Scottish election, he said.

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond is giving evidence at the Leveson Inquiry.
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond is giving evidence at the Leveson Inquiry. Credit: Reuters

"I have no evidence that my own phone has been hacked," he told Lord Justice Leveson.

But he added: "My bank account was accessed by the Observer newspaper some time ago, in 1999, and my reason for believing that is I was informed by a former Observer journalist."

Clegg: Press 'ignored or derided' me

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has played down his relationship with the press today saying he was "ignored or derided" before the Liberal Democrats entered Government in 2010.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has given evidence at the Leveson Inquiry today. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The Deputy Prime Minister told the Leveson Inquiry that at a dinner party with Rupert Murdoch and Rebekah Brooks in 2009, he had been put at the "very end of the table where the children sit". He added that most of his meetings with editors and proprietors were "fairly humdrum".

He said when he became leader of the Lib Dems in 2008 many senior figures did not "know me from Adam".

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