Two Sun journalists accused of paying for secret info

June 21, 2013 at 3:27 PM
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LONDON, June 21 (UPI) -- Two British journalists have been accused of participating in a conspiracy to pay officials more than $46,000 for unauthorized information, police said.

John Edwards, a picture editor, and Jamie Pyatt, a journalist, both of whom worked for the Sun newspaper, are to be charged along with Robert Neave, a former healthcare assistant at the high-security Broadmoor hospital, with conspiring to commit misconduct in public office, The Guardian reported.

The Crown Prosecution Service Friday alleged the Sun paid public officials, including police, army personnel and Broadmoor officials, more than $46,000 for information on stories.

"In relation to the specific allegations in this case, it is alleged that over a period of almost nine years the Sun newspaper made payments totalling more than 30,000 pounds ($46,119) to public officials including police officers, army personnel and Broadmoor officials, including Robert Neave, in exchange for information," Senior CPS lawyer Gregor McGill said. "It is alleged that the information for which the Sun made payments included that relating to the health and activities of Broadmoor patients, details about the work of a member of the royal family and details of ongoing police investigations."

The three suspects were arrested as part of Scotland Yard's Operation Elveden investigation.

"Accordingly, we have authorized the institution of proceedings against Jamie Pyatt, John Edwards and Robert Neave and all three individuals will appear before Westminster magistrates' court on 18 July 2013," McGill said.

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