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March 2, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Virginia Wheeler

Add a 22nd name to the list of journalists working for Rupert Murdoch’s flagship newspaper, the London Sun, and the now-defunct Sunday tabloid News of the World, who have been arrested in connection with the ongoing investigation into voicemail hacking and the alleged bribery of police and public officials. Acting on information received from News Corp’s management and standards committee, Scotland Yard officers on Thursday nabbed “by appointment” Virginia Wheeler, the Sun‘s defense editor, after she returned to the U.K. from an overseas assignment. Earlier this year she had covered the uprising in Libya for the newspaper. Although Wheeler was not named in a statement by police describing the arrest, news reports quickly identified her as the “32-year-old woman” cited in their public statement, which said, “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 offenses.”