Rupert Murdoch’s Other British Newspaper Raided in Police Bribery Probe

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 09: A mocked up front page of The Sun newspaper, sister paper to the News of The World, is placed on railings surrounding the old printing site of News International at Wapping on July 9, 2011 in London, England. News of The World journalists are preparing the last edition of the 168 year old paper after James Murdoch announced it's closure after further revelations over phone hacking and the arrest of its former editor Andy Coulson. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
Mocked up front page of The Sun. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images) Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/2011 Getty Images

This morning, the London Metropolitan Police arrested one police officer as well as four former and current editors of the Sun, Rupert Murdoch’s other British newspaper, in an ongoing police bribery investigation known as Operation Elveden. While the past few weeks have been relatively quiet on this and the other (phone-hacking) scandal front, it has been clear for a while now that the rot that ultimately killed off The News of the World had already spread its corrupt little tendrils to Britain’s other leading newspapers. 

Just last month, CNN’s Piers Morgan was made to testify about comments he’d made implying hacking had been commonplace at the Daily Mail, where he’d been editor, and now it’s the Sun’s turn in the ignominious spotlight. Shortly after the arrests this morning, the paper’s offices were raided by police, searching for further evidence of wrongdoing. However, there is an ultrathin silver lining for News Corp. in today’s news: The arrests were precipitated not by the police’s inquiry but by the company’s own Management and Standards Committee, tasked with rooting out all ne’er-do-wells still in its midst.

Murdoch’s Other British Newspaper Raided