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Met employed former Irish NotW editor

London police employed Alex Marunchak as an interpretator for the service between 1980 and 2000 – while he was still working for the News of the World.

THE FORMER EDITOR of the Irish News of the World, Alex Marunchak, worked as an interpretator for London’s Metropolitan Police between 1980 and 2000 while still a reporter for the newspaper, according to Channel 4 News.

C4′s Home Affairs Correspondent Andy Davies tweeted this eveing: “We’ve just discovered that Alex Marunchak worked as an intrepeter for the MET between 1980-2000 while still a reporter at (News of the World)”.

Davies added: “Met say to us: ‘We recognise this may cause concern and that some professions may be incompatible with the role of interpreter’”.

While working as a Ukrainian language interpreter with the Met, Marunchak had access to highly sensitive police information, reports Bismark Tribune.

A recently broadcast BBC Panorama documentary claimed that, while editor of Irish NotW, Marunchak commissioned an email hacker to intercept emails about leading suspected IRA informant Ian Hurst.

The BBC claimed that Marunchak had hired a hacker to access the account and then forward copies of the emails found to his Dublin office by fax in July 2006. Marunchak told the BBC that he had “never met with a private investigator whom I asked to hack into computers.”

Read more: NOTW’s Irish editor commissioned hacker to intercept emails – BBC >

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