The Sun's defence editor arrested
The defence editor of the Sun newspaper has been arrested on suspicion of paying public officials for information.
Virginia Wheeler, 32, appeared at a south London police station by appointment to answer questions related to evidence sent by News Corporation's management standards committee to Scotland Yard.
Sun publisher News International confirmed Ms Wheeler had been arrested in an email sent to its staff.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman later confirmed a 32-year-old woman had been bailed to a date in May.
Ms Wheeler had been abroad on extended leave in recent months, a source said. Police are understood to have wanted to question her for several weeks.
The arrest was made under the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906 on suspicion of aiding and abetting misconduct in a public office (contrary to common law) and conspiracy in relation to both offences.
Operation Elveden - which runs alongside the Met's Operation Weeting team - was launched as the phone-hacking scandal erupted last July with allegations about the now-defunct News of the World targeting Milly Dowler's mobile phone. It has now widened to include suspected corruption involving public officials, as well as police officers.
Ms Wheeler's arrest in connection with Operation Elveden follows those of 10 other former or current employees at The Sun.
District editor Jamie Pyatt, 48, was the first to be arrested in November, while senior employees Chris Pharo, 42, and Mike Sullivan along with executives Fergus Shanahan, 57, and Graham Dudman were detained in January. The tabloid's deputy editor Geoff Webster, picture editor John Edwards, chief reporter John Kay, chief foreign correspondent Nick Parker, and news editor John Sturgis were then arrested last month.
All were later bailed pending further inquiries.