I hadn’t been paying attention to the News International scandal, but this caught my eye:
Prosecutors have announced new criminal charges against the former News International editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, this time over alleged illegal payments to public officials.
The Crown Prosecution Service announced on Tuesday that four former News International employees, and a defence official alleged to have been paid £100,000 for information, should stand trial.
We’ve gone from phone hacking to $160K in bribes to a single defense official – just imagine if Robert Gibbs had slipped that kind of money to David Petraeus as part of his job before he worked for Obama. DC would screech to a halt, and Politico would start a whole new publication dedicated to just that scandal.