The police inquiry into Milton Keynes Citizen journalist Sally Murrer cost over £200,000, it has emerged.
The BBC says that, using the Freedom of Information Act, it has discovered Thames Valley Police spent £205,000 on the investigation.
Ms Murrer was charged with aiding and abetting misconduct in a public office after Det Sgt Mark Kearney allegedly revealed confidential information to her.
Mr Kearney himself was cleared of misconduct in a public office.
The charges were brought against the pair last year after Thames Valley Police had bugged a police car in which the two had conversations.
A judge at Kingston Crown Court threw the case out last month after declaring the police had no right to bug conversations between the pair.
Mr Kearney told the BBC: “I think the taxpayers of Thames Valley are entitled to an explanation on how the money was spent.”
Thames Valley Police had not responded to a request for comment at the time of publication.