UK police: Culture of illegal payments at The Sun

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LONDON (AP) -- British police have described a culture of illegal payments to public officials for stories at The Sun, Britain's biggest selling newspaper.

The Metropolitan Police's Deputy Assistant Commissioner Sue Akers told Britain's media ethics inquiry Monday that the newspaper openly referred to paying its sources and that such payments were authorized at a senior level.

She says payments were made not just to police officers but a wide network of corrupted officials.

Police and News Corp. lawyers are combing through millions of emails for evidence of wrongdoing at The Sun as well as the News of the World, and several senior members of The Sun's staff have already been called in for questioning over allegations of police bribery. More arrests are possible.