The Sun's crime correspondent Mike Sullivan has told the Leveson Inquiry that he had five one-to-one meetings with Dick Fedorcio, the Met police's head of Public Affairs, between 2004 and 2008.
Mr Sullivan said he was part of Mr Fedorcio's inner circle of "trusted" rather than "favoured" journalists.
The Sun's crime correspondent Mike Sullivan will appear at the Royal Courts of Justice to give evidence at the Leveson inquiry. Mr Sullivan was arrested on January 28th as part of Operation Elvedon, in which police accepted "inappropriate payments" from journalists.
Scotland Yard has confirmed the sixth suspect arrested yesterday morning has also been released after questioning and would answer bail next month.
Five of the suspects were released on bail late yesterday evening leaving the un-named 38 year old man in custody at a central London police station but he too has now been released after questioning.
The former head of News International Rebekah Brooks and her husband Charlie, were arrested early this morning by police investigating phone hacking.
She was previously arrested last summer but the new accusations against both of them; of plotting to pervert the course of justice, are more serious.
Rebekah Brooks has been released on bail, following her arrest this morning for perverting the course of justice in relation to the phone hacking inquiry.
She was arrested along with her husband following a dawn raid on her home.
43-year-old Brooks was questioned at an Oxfordshire police station whilst her husband Mr Brooks was interviewed at a Buckinghamshire police station.
Five suspects arrested for perverting the course of justice in relation to the phone-hacking inquiry, understood to include Rebekah Brooks and her husband Charlie, were released on bail tonight, Scotland Yard said.
The News International former chief executive and Charlie Brooks, who has been a friend of the Prime Minister since school, were held earlier today on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, sources said.
Mark Hanna, News International's head of security, was also confirmed by the company as one of the six people arrested in raids in Oxfordshire, London, Hampshire and Hertfordshire.
A spokesman for Scotland Yard said they were bailed to dates next month while the sixth suspect remains in custody.
Five people arrested over allegations of cover-ups in the phone-hacking inquiry, understood to include Rebekah Brooks and her racehorse trainer husband Charlie Brooks, were released on bail tonight, Scotland Yard said.
Shadow Minister for Culture, Media and Sport, Harriet Harmon says it is vital the police continue to investigate the links between News International and Downing Street.
Labour have called for the Leveson Inquiry to fully investigate the links between the Prime Minister and senior News International executives.
Deputy Leader Harriet Harman said:
“It is important that the police are continuing to pursue the investigation into phone hacking.
“Rebekah and Charlie Brooks are, on the Prime Minister’s own account, close friends of his."
“The Leveson Inquiry, when looking into the relations between the press and politicians, will need to investigate the full extent of the relations between the Prime Minister and senior News International executives."
Scotland Yard's communication chief let a News of the World journalist use his computer to file a story about a controversial senior policeman.
Crime editor Lucy Panton wrote and emailed an article about former commander Ali Dizaei, from the office of Dick Fedorcio, the Leveson Inquiry heard today.
In a written statement Fedorico said:
"To help her, and as she was under pressure, I offered to let her type the story, which she did from notes that she arrived with, in an email on the standalone computer in my office."
Mr Fedorcio is on an extended leave from Scotland Yard since August pending an investigation into the awarding of a contract to Neil Wallis, former executive editor of the News of the World.