UK police arrest man in tabloid e-mail hacking probe

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London police investigating e-mail hacking by tabloid journalists in Britain said a 55-year-old man was arrested in the probe spawned by voice-mail interception and bribery at News Corp.'s UK newspapers.

The man, who wasn't identified, was detained and later released on bail in Cardiff, Wales, on suspicion of "computer misuse," the Metropolitan Police Service said today. It's the sixth arrest in the probe known as Operation Tuleta.

The police department, known as Scotland Yard, has been investigating News Corp.'s Times newspaper in Britain over computer hacking allegations since at least February. Two men arrested that month weren't directly linked with any news organization or the activities of journalists, police said at the time.

Parallel investigations into phone hacking, computer hacking and bribery by News Corp. titles have led to more than 60 arrests since January 2011, including journalists accused of intercepting voice mail and paying bribes. Police officers and prison workers suspected of selling stories have also been detained.

Mary Kearney, a spokeswoman for News Corp.'s UK unit, declined to comment. Police didn't say if the man arrested was affiliated with News Corp.

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