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."

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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."