British police have confirmed that former News of the World employee named Alex Marunchak also worked for Scotland Yard, adding more evidence to a rapidly expanding case of collusion between Rupert Murdoch's media empire and Britain's top law enforcement agency.
Marunchak worked for the Metropolitan police as a Ukrainian interpreter, a position that gave him access to highly sensitive police information between 1980 and 2000, the Associated Press reported. Scotland Yard responded to the revelation with a statement that this may cause concern and that some professions may be incompatible with the role of an interpreter.
The news comes almost immediately after it was revealed that Neil Wallis, who also worked at the News of the World, had also been employed as a media consultant for the police. News of the World has closed down since revelations of its illegally tapping phones have surfaced, and the disclosure about Wallis led London's police chief, Paul Stephenson, to resign.
News reports about the phone tapping have unraveled a culture of corruption at News of the World that appeared to be aided by the reluctance of law enforcement officials to investigate alleged wrongdoing. The case took on a sinister air today when former News of the World journalist Sean Hoare, an early whistleblower, was found dead Monday in the town of Watford. Police are not treating the death as suspicious.