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U.K. Charges News Corp. Journalist in Bribery Probe - Corruption Currents - WSJ

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By Jeanne Whalen

British prosecutors said they are charging a former police officer and a journalist from News Corp.’s Sun tabloid as part of a bribery probe focusing on the media’s alleged attempts to pay public officials for information.

The Sun’s alleged payments carried on for two months after London’s Metropolitan Police opened its investigation into bribery of public officials in July 2011, prosecutors said.

The Crown Prosecution Service said it is charging Paul Flattley, a former officer with the Metropolitan Police, and Virginia Wheeler, a journalist at the Sun, Britain’s best-selling newspaper, with “conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office.”