Tuesday, January 22, 2013

U.K. Charges A 'Sun' Editor as Rupert Murdoch Visits London

 British prosecutors said Tuesday that they would charge an editor of The Sun, the U.K. tabloid that is part of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., with conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office.

The charges against Sun defense editor Virginia Wheeler are part of an investigation here into payments to public officials in return for information, which is tied to the phone hacking scandal.

"We have concluded, following a careful review of the evidence, that former Metropolitan Police Service police constable, Paul Flattley, and Virginia Wheeler, a journalist at The Sun newspaper, should be charged with conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office," Britain's Crown Prosecution Service said in a statement. "It is alleged that...Flattley, who at the time was a serving police constable with the Metropolitan Police Service, was paid at least $6,340 (£4,000) (in the form of checks) and $3,885 (£2,450) (in cash) by The Sun newspaper in exchange for information provided in breach of the terms of his employment."

The information included information about the death of a 15-year-old girl, details about the suspects and victims of other accidents and crimes.

The news came as the Guardian reported that Murdoch had traveled to London for meetings, including with independent directors who must approve his company's appointment of a new editor for the Times of London.

Read More: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/uk-charges-a-sun-editor-414248

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