News Corp. Scandal Jumps to 'The Sun' Following Corruption Arrest
Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation has another publication under investigation following the Friday arrest of a journalist employed by British tabloid, The Sun.
All previous arrests in Scotland Yard’s investigation into the company's phone-hacking and possible payoffs to police had been limited to employees of the now-defunct News of the World.
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Police declined to reveal the name of the man, only saying he's an employee at News International, but The New York Times reports the company has confirmed him to be senior editor Jamie Pyatt.
Pyatt has been at The Sun for more than 20 years, never working at News of the World during his tenure. His most notable accomplishment at the daily was breaking the story of Prince Harry attending a 2006 costume party dressed as a Nazi.
Police arrested him outside of London "in connection with allegations of corruption," when he was then taken in for questioning. In addition to accusations it's been party to the more than $200,000 in News Corp. bribes for police tips, The Sun is now under scrutiny for possible involvement in phone hacking.
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A plaintiff who sued News Corp. this year for phone hacking, claimed that the information illegally obtained by The News of the World was passed to The Sun “from time to time.”
News Corp. has already set aside $30 million to pay phone-hacking victims, the number of which seems to be growing. Police stated just this week that as many as 5,795 people might have been victims of The News of the World’s phone hacking, despite giving a figure of 3,870 in the summer.
Previous arrests in the case include former News of the World editor Andy Coulson and former News International CEO Rebekah Brooks. No formal charges have been brought to either of them.