Journalist Admits Hacking Phones of Celebrities

London — A former tabloid journalist told Britain’s phone-hacking trial on Monday that he intercepted voicemails with the knowledge of senior executives — not just at the now-defunct News of the World, whose employees are standing trial, but at the rival Sunday Mirror.

Dan Evans has pleaded guilty to phone hacking while working at both newspapers between 2003 and 2010, and is the first journalist to admit hacking for a paper not owned by News of the World proprietor Rupert Murdoch.

After striking a deal with prosecutors, he gave evidence at the trial of former News of the World editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson and five others. The defendants deny all the charges.

Evans said that while working at the Sunday Mirror starting in 2003, he was given the phone numbers of celebrities and told to “crack” them.

“Principally I was tasked with covering news events, investigations, undercover work, latterly with hacking people’s voicemail,
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