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Sun journalists cleared of paying public officials

Senior Sun journalists expressed a mixture of relief and anger today as their three-year "ordeal" ended when they were cleared of paying public officials for scoops, including titbits on the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

Chief reporter John Kay, 71, and royal editor Duncan Larcombe, 39, were found not guilty of wrongdoing over their contact with two military sources after a jury deliberated for more than 48 hours at the Old Bailey.

The Sun's executive editor Fergus Shanahan, 60, and deputy editor Geoff Webster, 55, were also cleared over allegations that they signed off payments.

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MoD official's leaked scoops to The Sun 'contemptible'

Bettina Jordan-Barber, a senior official at the Ministry of Defence who leaked scoops to The Sun, gave the newspaper details about the death of Major Matthew Bacon, who was killed in Iraq in 2005.

His father Roger Bacon told ITV News Correspondent Paul Davies that Jordan-Barber's actions were "contemptible":

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