I almost fell off my chair when I watched and heard Rebekah Brooks tell the parliamentary Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport in 2003 that, "We have paid the police for information in the past."
The now convicted criminal Andy Coulson who was sitting beside her, interjected, "We operate within the code and within the law and if there is a clear public interest then we will. The same holds for private detectives, subterfuge, a video bag — whatever you want to talk about."
Paying policeman for stories is of course not within the law.
The admission startled me because it seemed that Brooks was admitting to what had already been denied. It struck me also that she might be attempting to impress and charm the committee with this tale of her privileged access to confidential information.
She had of course apparently successfully charmed and dined prime ministers and Rupert Murdochs and soap stars and the rest.
News International lawyers then went into overdrive to clarify what Rebecca Brooks meant to say, and she subsequently refused to reappear before the committee.
Whatever she meant to say, I am satisfied that she was either naive in the extreme and felt that she was above the law, or otherwise ignorant of the law.
The jury have found Brooks not guilty of the charge that she had orchestrated a campaign to hack into phones and bribe officials in the hunt for exclusive news stories. The Old Bailey jury cleared Brooks unanimously of all charges.
According to the Reuters trial report the Brooks' lawyer Jonathan Laidlaw "dismantled the prosecution case" and that Brooks was "calm under fire."
Outside her home this week in front of the press she was hardly calm when asserting her vindication after the verdict.
According to Reuters Laidlaw mounted an aggressive defence of a Brooks claiming that she had been vilified for her success. and explained how she had to battle her way through a male-dominated culture and how she had often felt out of her depth.
Her lawyers brought up the witch hunt phenomena and the struggle Brooks had once she was in a position of authority.
In view of the Milly Dowler hacking Brooks claimed ironically she had changed her newspapers to campaign on issues such as domestic violence and child protection.
They described her private life as a "car crash"
The jury found Coulson, the man with whom she shared "everything" guilty.
Rebekah Brooks is now free and comfortably free.
Meanwhile Milly Dowler's sister Gemma has attacked Tony Blair for offering support to Rebekah Brooks.