More problems for News International, this time for the media Goliath’s flagship newspaper The Sun, whose deputy editor has today been charged with two counts of making payments to public officials in return for information. Geoff Webster allegedly made payments to two people, totaling the equivalent of $12,000, after information was passed on to journalists working for The Sun in 2010 and 2011. One of recipients is thought to be an employee with the Ministry of Defence.
Although the charges aren’t related to the phone hacking investigation involving News International’s now defunct News Of The World title and, most recently, the Sunday Mirror,Â Operation Elveden is closely linked with hacking investigation Operation Weeting. So far 60 people have been arrested by police working on Elveden, whereas Weeting has accounted for 23 arrests.