The Sun’s chief foreign correspondent Nick Parker was arrested today by Scotland Yard detectives investigating the alleged harvesting of data from stolen mobile phones, the “Telegraph” reported.
Mr. Parker, 51, was held on suspicion of handling stolen goods after he attended a central London police station by appointment at about 10am, according to the English daily.
He is the eighth person to be arrested under Operation Tuleta, the Metropolitan Police’s investigation into allegations of computer hacking and other breaches of privacy.
Parker was previously questioned in February by officers from the Operation Elveden inquiry into alleged corrupt payments to public officials. He has not been charged and remains on bail over the earlier arrest.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said today: “A man was arrested this morning by officers from Operation Tuleta, the investigation into criminal breaches of privacy which is being carried out in conjunction with Metropolitan Police Service phone-hacking inquiries.
“The arrest relates to a suspected conspiracy involving the gathering of data from stolen mobile phones and is not about seeking journalists to reveal confidential sources in relation to information that has been obtained legitimately.”
A spokesman for News International, which publishes The Sun, said: “I can confirm that the journalist who was arrested works for The Sun.”
Fellow Sun journalist Rhodri Phillips, 35, was arrested by Operation Tuleta detectives on July 19.