What a bad Friday it's been for News Corp.! Just hours after The Guardian reported that U.K. lawyers were building a class action lawsuit against the company in New York, The Telegraph reports that News International, the British newspaper division of Rupert Murdoch's media conglomerate, bribed one of their former executives £25,000 (nearly $40,000) while he working for the London Metropolitan Police. The two revelations weigh heavy on each other specifically because the lawyers organizing the class action lawsuit intend to sue News Corp. for violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which forbids U.S. companies from bribing government officials both at home and abroad. The recipient of said bribes is Neil Wallis, the former deputy editor of News of the World who later worked as a PR consultant for the police. His friends call him "Wolfman."
"The Daily Telegraph has now established that during his time at Scotland Yard, Mr Wallis received payments totalling more than £25,000 from News International--including a payment of £10,000 for a single 'crime' story," reports The Telegraph. "Internal records obtained by the police show that he was paid for providing News International with details of a suspected assassination attempt on the Pope during his visit to London last year."