UK: Email blackmail brouhaha tears UKIP apart as High Court refuses computer seizure attempt

Gareth Corfield reports:

The UK Independence Party (UKIP) has suffered a data breach after allegedly having 143 party email accounts accessed amid demands made by blackmailers, the High Court in London has been told (PDF).

UKIP is suing former party leader Richard Braine, former general secretary Tony Sharp and one-time party returning officer Jeff Armstrong, and, in Mr Justice Warby’s words, “a former member who has IT skills” called Mark Dent.

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