Two strange new developments suggest that secret emails and computer files may soon play a role in the fast-moving Rupert Murdoch phone hacking and police bribery stories. London detectives are looking at a laptop and iPad as well as some personal papers that former News International CEO Rebekah Brooks’ husband, Charlie, appears to have left in a bag in a parking garage, the Guardian reports. Police have asked him for the computer passwords to determine whether they belong to him — and whether there’s information that might help their hacking and bribery investigations. Rebekah Brooks was arrested on Sunday for her role in hacking when she edited News Of The World. Her husband’s spokesman says that Charlie is “adamant” that the computers are his and that “there is nothing on (them) that is Rebekah’s and nothing that has anything to do with the (hacking) case.”
Meanwhile, the Guardian says that members of a hacking group called LulzSec claim that they broke into News International’s computers and retrieved a massive number of private emails that they may disclose. This is the same group that says it’s responsible for a Tuesday attack on the Sun, a Murdoch-owned paper. The company closed off access to its email system and ordered users to reset their passwords. The Guardian reports that hackers broadcast “what seemed to be an email account and password for Rebekah Brooks under her previous married name of Wade” when she edited the Sun.