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On 11 March 2003, the editor of the Sun newspaper, Rebekah Wade, admitted before the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee that while she had been an editor with News International she had paid police officers for information. The information was given in answer to a direct question from the Labour MP, Chris Bryant.

Culture, Media and Sport Commons Select Committee 11 March 2003

467. And on the element of whether you ever pay the police for information?
(Ms Wade) We have paid the police for information in the past.

468. And will you do it in the future?
(Ms Wade) It depends—

By paying a police officer for information, not only does the police officer commit a criminal offence under the Public Bodies Corruption Act 1889 (as amended by the Prevention of Corruption Act of 1916) in receiving the money or other material inducement, so does the person paying the bribe.


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