Gordon Brown last night called in police after accusing News International of 'distorting' his claim that his phone was hacked.
The move came days after allegations that The Sunday Times and The Sun accessed his bank accounts, legal file, private details and medical records of his son Fraser, who has cystic fibrosis.
Mr Brown took the unprecedented step yesterday of releasing a confidential email sent to him by The Sunday Times.
He said: 'An email from The Sunday Times seeks, among other things, to manufacture claims which were never made and to distort those that were. The letter is being referred to the police.
'Unsurprisingly much of the letter attempts to diminish the culpability of News International for their methods of acquiring information.
'They have yet to reveal all the names of those who provided the information for The Sunday Times stories and how it was acquired; and who was paid and how much?'
Last week he said the paper had 'links with elements of the criminal underworld'.
He said a 'blagger' working for the paper apparently posed as him six times to obtain details from an Abbey National account.
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