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The MPS undertook an investigation of Rees, entitled Operation Nigeria, and tapped his telephone.
Substantial evidence was accumulated that Rees was purchasing information from improper sources and that, amongst others, Alex Marunchak of the News of the World was paying him up to £150,000 a year for doing so.
The investigator...accused authorities of being too 'frightened' to tackle journalists." Learning that Steve Whittamore was obtaining information from the police national computer, the Information Commissioner contacted the Metropolitan Police and the Met's anti-corruption unit initiated Operation Glade.
Whittamore's detailed records identified 27 different journalists as having commissioned him to acquire confidential information for which they paid him tens of thousands of pounds.
Murdoch and his son, James, were summoned to give evidence at the Leveson Inquiry.
The commissioner of London's Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), Sir Paul Stephenson, also resigned.
Advertiser boycotts led to the closure of the News of the World on 10 July 2011, after 168 years of publication.
Attempts to access Cook's voicemail and that of his wife, and possibly hack his computer and intercept his post were also suspected.
Documents reportedly held by Scotland Yard show that "Mulcaire did this on the instructions of Greg Miskiw, assistant editor at News of the World and a close friend of Marunchak." The Metropolitan Police Service handled this apparent attempt by agents of the News of the World to interfere with a murder inquiry by having informal discussions with Rebekah Brooks, then editor for the newspaper.