Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown has accused journalists from across Rupert Murdoch's News International media group of trying to illegally obtain private medical information about his family, details of his bank accounts and his phone messages, a source close to Brown told CNN.
Monday's allegation broadens a scandal that brought down Murdoch's News of the World newspaper.
Journalists from The Sun, Murdoch's daily British tabloid, obtained details about Brown's seriously ill son and published a story about him, while people working for the upmarket Murdoch Sunday Times tricked Brown's accountants into handing over financial details, the former prime minister alleges.
News International did not immediately respond to the allegations.
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