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HACKING INVESTIGATION Police: ‘Sustained’ Crimes at Sun Leon Neal, AFP / Getty Images

Police: ‘Sustained’ Crimes at Sun

Rupert Murdoch’s news empire sustained another blow Wednesday as investigators announced that they are looking into “suspected criminality over a sustained period of time” involving alleged payouts by journalists at The Sun to law enforcement. The News Corp. tabloid has come under scrutiny after its own staff, fed up with police and management looking into their sources, lashed out. An anonymous source told Reuters that the investigation is looking into “regular cash payments totaling tens of thousands of pounds a year for several years to public officials, some of whom were effectively on retainers to provide information.” Wednesday’s announcement comes just days after some of the top reporters and editors at The Sun, which has the highest circulation of any newspaper in Britain, were arrested, along with several police officers.

February 15, 2012 12:17 PM