U.K. Police Won’t Force ‘Guardian’ to Reveal Sources

Scotland Yard had wanted sources for hacking stories named

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London police are no longer planning to force the Guardian to reveal its sources for some of its reporting on the News of the World hacking scandal, the AP reports.

Last Friday, the Guardian said that Scotland Yard was seeking a court order that would make use of an “obscure” clause in the Official Secrets Act to make journalists from the newspaper reveal their confidential sources, claiming that the reporters’ involvement had impeded police investigations into the hacking allegations.

But today, the Metropolitan Police issued a statement saying that it “has decided not to pursue, at this time, the application for production orders” against the Guardian, adding that “despite recent media reports, there was no intention to target journalists or disregard journalists' obligations to protect their sources.”

A police officer was also arrested last week on suspicion of leaking information about the force's hacking investigation to the newspaper. The police said that they are planning to consult with prosecutors about moving forward on their investigation of the officer.

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