Crikey! FBI Opens Inquiry Into Murdoch’s News Corp.

Richard A. Serrano, Jim Puzzanghera and Kim Geiger write in the LA Times:

The phone hacking scandal that has ignited a political firestorm in Britain jumped the Atlantic on Thursday as the FBI opened an investigation into whether British reporters tried to access cellphone messages and records of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in violation of U.S. law.

The preliminary probe further rattled the New York-based global media empire of Rupert Murdoch, who was forced this week to withdraw his $12-billion bid to take over Britain’s largest satellite broadcaster, and raises new questions about the future of News Corp.

U.S. officials said the FBI is trying to determine if a full investigation is warranted, and no evidence has yet emerged to confirm that News Corp. employees sought to hack phones in the United States. But the unfolding scandal sent the company’s battered stock down another 3% in trading.

Read More: LA Times

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  • kungfu2882

    FBI to Murdoch: Teach us. 

  • kungfu2882

    FBI to Murdoch: Teach us. 

  • DeepCough
    • http://www.disinfo.com Disinformation

      Yes thanks and corrected.

  • DeepCough
  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    And the shredders must be running hotter than the furnaces at Fox right now… 

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    And the shredders must be running hotter than the furnaces at Fox right now… 

  • reubenavery

    This news cycle too shall pass and it will be back to business as usual.

  • Anonymous

    This news cycle too shall pass and it will be back to business as usual.

  • Guest

    Can we stop calling this hacking? Calling someone’s voicemail and trying to guess a 4-digit passcode is NOT hacking.

    • blabla

      What do you call it then?

      • Guest

        Something far less sophisticated. This is a crime that involves no technical knowledge whatsoever.

  • Guest

    Can we stop calling this hacking? Calling someone’s voicemail and trying to guess a 4-digit passcode is NOT hacking.

  • postpunkprometheus

    Who says a fire can’t jump a water barrier? 

    On the other conspiracy theory tip this might be a good chance for Obama and the Dems to take out a real thorn in their sides.  Maybe Nixon will stay dead this time

  • http://madmonq.wordpress.com madmonq

    Who says a fire can’t jump a water barrier? 

    On the other conspiracy theory tip this might be a good chance for Obama and the Dems to take out a real thorn in their sides.  Maybe Nixon will stay dead this time

  • http://disinfo.com Disinformation

    Yes thanks and corrected.

  • blabla

    What do you call it then?

  • Guest

    Something far less sophisticated. This is a crime that involves no technical knowledge whatsoever.

  • Hadrian999

    dammit fox, illegal surveillance is the sole prevue of the government

  • Hadrian999

    dammit fox, illegal surveillance is the sole prevue of the government