Sun defence editor Virginia Wheeler arrested,released on bail

London: The defence editor of Britain’s
The Sun newspaper was arrested over allegations of corrupt payments
made to public officials. She was later released on bail, the Daily Mail
reported Thursday.

Virginia Wheeler, 32, becomes the 23rd person to be detained by Scotland Yard as part of Operation Elveden.

International, the British wing of the News Corporation, said its
Management and Standards Committee (MSC) had provided information to the
probe that led to the arrests and had also provided the option of
“immediate legal representation” to those arrested.

But a defiant
Rupert Murdoch, chairman of the News Corporation, visited London last
month as the crisis engulfed the paper, cleared his arrested staff
members to go back to work, saying “everyone is innocent until proven

Wheeler is The Sun’s first female defence editor and
reported from the front line in Libya last year. Police are understood
to have wanted to question her for several weeks, but she has been on
holiday in Argentina.

The News Corporation owns The Sun, The Times and the now-defunct News of the World.

Elveden – which runs alongside the Metropolitan Police probe into phone
hacking called Operation Weeting team – was launched as the scandal
erupted last July with allegations about News of the World targeting
Milly Dowler’s mobile phone.

The 13-year-old girl was abducted
on her way home from school in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, March 21, 2002,
and subsequently murdered. Her body was discovered Sep 18, 2002.

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