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Murdoch’s Sun Had ‘Culture’ of Corrupt Payments to Officials

News Corp.’s Sun newspaper had a “culture” of corrupt payments to public officials and paid one source more than 80,000 pounds ($127,000), the police officer in charge of probes into bribery and phone hacking said.

“The journalists had a network upon which to call at various strategic places across public life,” Metropolitan Police Service Deputy Assistant Commissioner Sue Akers told a judicial inquiry into media ethics in London today. “There appears to have been a culture of illegal payments and facilitating ways of hiding those payments.”