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Virginia Wheleer arrested – The Millies are dead

by | 1st, March 2012

VIRGINIA Wheeler is the latest Sun worker to be arrested. Wheeler, the paper’s defence editor, has been arrested today on suspicion of corruption and aiding and abetting misconduct in a public office.

Wheeler, 32, has been bailed until May 2012.

She was arrested as part of the Met’s Operation Elveden. To date, there have been 23 arrests.

A Met spokesman tells media – the bits he has not already tipped off (joke):

“Detectives from Operation Elveden have today arrested a 32-year-old woman by appointment on suspicion of corruption under the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906 and aiding and abetting misconduct in a public office (contrary to common law) and conspiracy in relation to both offences.”

The Sun is in the mire. Has it been talking truth to power or just operating an agenda?

James Murdoch has gone. Rupert’s son and heir apparent has resigned as chairman of News International.

He told a parliamentary committee in Novermber 2011:

“What I’m trying to do is learn from the events over the last number of years, try to understand why the company couldn’t come to grips with the issues in as fast a way as I would have liked.”

A view:

It makes sense to get James as far away from News International as possible, if he is to have any hope of re-establishing his position in the company,” said Steve Hewlett, a London-based media analyst.

“The more revelations there are about phone hacking and all the rest of it, the sharper the focus on what he knows or didn’t know will become. There’s no suggestion he is involved in any of it; it’s all about what he knew.”

What next for the Sun?

News Corp’s Chief Operating Officer, Chase Carey, revealed he had held a number of talks with the company’s executives about selling or separating the publishing unit from the company.

“There certainly is an awareness” that New York-based News Corp. would trade at higher multiples if it didn’t own newspapers, Carey said at the Deutsche Bank (DBK) media conference in Palm Beach, Florida.

James Murdoch became chairman in 2007:

The Leveson Inquiry into media standards also heard on Monday that NI’s chief executive, Rebekah Brooks, was being privately briefed by Scotland Yard on its original phone-hacking inquiry into NI when she was editor of The Sun in 2006.

James Murdoch remains chairman of BSkyB.

Meanwhile, what of the Millies, the Sun’s military awards? Operation Elevden has arrested a serving soldier and an Ministry of Defence staffer. Sun reporter Alex West is the son of former First Sea Lord and government minister Admiral Lord West. Rebekah Wade (now Rebekah Brooks) once  suspend him from work his arrest for alleged drug offences. He now covers the Millies, and, as the screen shot above show, his dad is an ehbustiasteic supporter.

No wrongdoing done, of course. Everyone is innocent. It’s just that if soldiers are sent to prison because of their work with the Sun, can the Sun say it supports Our Boys..?

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