News International, the Rupert Murdoch-controlled publisher of U.K. papers The Times, The Sun and (until Sunday) News of the World, is fighting over the facts with The Guardian about how The Sun discovered that former Prime Minister Gordon Brown's newborn son had cystic fibrosis. Nicola Surgeon, the Scottish health secretary which overseas the National Health Service hospital in Edinburgh where Brown's son was born, told The Guardian Tuesday night that the National Health Services "is prepared to launch an investigation into how the medical records were leaked to the media." This would be the third national investigation into News International, a hat trick for Rebekah Brooks (shown above), who was editor of The Sun at the time and now the top executive at News International.
The day's back-and-forth started with Brown's morning interview with the BBC, in which he described how a phone call from Brooks brought him and his wife "to tears" when Brooks told them that The Sun was running an article about his son Fraser's health. Unsure how The Sun obtained the information, Brown said on Tuesday, "I can't think of any way that the medical condition of a child can be put into the public domain legitimately unless the doctor makes a public statement or the family make a statement."