The Daily Telegraph is tonight alleging that Neil Wallis was paid by the News of the World to provide crime exclusives while working as a consultant for the Metropolitan police. The paper claims that the News of the World paid Wallis £25,000 for information including the details of Scotland Yard operations during this period. According to the Telegraph, £10,000 of the £25,000 was for a single story.
This revelation will increase the pressure on the police to reveal fully the extent of contacts between it and News International. But with Paul Stephenson already having resigned over the hiring of Wallis as a consultant, further resignations are unlikely.
The other hack-gate news tonight is that a certain A Coulson is suing News Group newspapers. The BBC is reporting that the suit is over the company’s decision to stop paying Coulson’s legal fees.
More Spectator for less. Subscribe and receive 12 issues delivered for just £12, with full web and app access. Join us.