The ex-Prime Minister, Gordon Brown has expressed his sadness he felt in 2006 when a leading tabloid newspaper published an article about his son, Fraser.
Fraser Brown was born with cystic fibrosis and was diagnosed with the condition in 2006; later that year The Sun newspaper ran a story revolving around Fraser’s condition which reduced the Prime Minister to tears.
After the recent phone hacking incidents which have forced the demise of News of the World Mr. Brown has queried how the paper received his family medical records and accused the paper of another phone hacking scandal.
The Sun has defended Mr Brown’s allegations and has revealed their source was a member of the public, a father of a son with cystic fibrosis who wanted to raise awareness of the condition.
The anonymous man has told the paper: "I felt vindicated in contacting the Sun.
"I just felt at the time that we could have made something positive out of the tragedy and I believe the truth would have come out eventually anyway."
Today’s publication of The Sun (Wednesday, 13 July 2011) runs with the headline ‘BROWN WRONG’ stating that they didn’t ‘probe the son’s medical records’ and the Browns gave their consent for the story to be published.
Over the past 24 hours News International has once again been the centre of a full investigation, although this time around they seem ‘out of the red.’ The company released this statement last night...
"We are able to assure the Brown family that we did not access the medical records of their son, nor did we commission anyone to do so."
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