Drugs, privacy and the press | UK news | The Observer
The only other people who knew of the deal were his deputy Rebekah Wade, his number three Andy Coulson, and Les Hinton, chief executive of News International. The Sun’s royal correspondent was kept in the dark and a spoof first edition was prepared to throw rival newspapers off the scent.
At about 9pm Yelland, Wade and Coulson slipped into Joe Allen’s, in London’s Covent Garden, to toast their coup with champagne. But the celebration was premature.