|The spokesman for the family of
Madeleine McCann claims an attempt may have been made to
hack his phone
McCann family spokesperson
Clarence Mitchell claims an
attempt may have been made to
hack his phone
spokesman for the family of
Madeleine McCann has spoken of his fear
that he may have been a victim of attempts to hack into his mobile
who also worked for the Conservative Party during the General Election,
said records from Vodafone appeared to show someone had tried to get
information from his phone at the height of the case involving the
Speaking to BBC Radio 4's PM programme, Mr Mitchell said he had no idea
who might have made the three suspect calls but said it seemed to be a
"cack-handed" attempt to get into his voicemail messages.
said he was led to make inquiries after he was approached by the BBC.
was always concerned that if some journalists were up to this sort of
thing, then I might be a target but I had no proof," he said.
told the BBC that Vodafone looked back at records for calls regarding
his number on their customer services number and flagged up three
Mitchell said he believed someone had been "fishing" for information.
continued: "It is impossible to state with any accuracy who was behind
these calls. I do know they weren't me.
would be naive of me, given the situation I was in at the time and the
amount of journalistic inquiry and traffic that I was receiving on that
number, to think that it wasn't journalistic in its nature. There's no
other reason for anybody else to try to get into my number. This was a
cack-handed, pretty low-level amateurish attempt."
said the McCanns would be "angered and upset" by the alleged attempts to
intercept messages during the time of the investigation into their