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100 Arrests In News Corp. Scandal Over Phone, Computer Hacking, Corrupt Payments To Public Officials

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A police officer arrested on Tuesday has become the 100th person arrested in relation to the investigations into News Corp.'s phone hacking, computer hacking and illegal payments to law enforcement.

The Telegraph reported Tuesday that the officer is wanted in connection to Operation Elveden — the investigation into bribes to public officials in exchange for information — and faces allegations of accepting £6,450 in corrupt payments from journalists.

He is the 60th arrest in Operation Elveden. There have been 26 arrests in the investigation into phone hacking at News Corp., and twenty in the probe into computer hacking. "Although there have been 106 arrests he becomes the 100th person arrested as some people, including Andy Coulson, Rebekah Brooks, and Stuart Kuttner, have been arrested under more than one investigation," The Telegraph reported.

Rebekah Brooks, the former head of Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper group and a key figure in the phone hacking scandal, was arrested once on suspicion of corruption and phone hacking, and arrested again on allegations of a cover-up. Andy Coulson, the former communications chief for Prime Minister David Cameron, was arrested in May and charged with perjury. They are out on bail until their next court date on March 8.

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