FBI to investigate Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.: Did it hack 9/11 victims?
At the urging of several members of Congress, the FBI has begun investigating whether victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and their families were subject to phone hacking from Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.
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"We are doing this based on [congressional] requests," an FBI source told the Los Angeles Times. "After reviewing the letters and their allegations, and after consultation with the US Attorney's Office in New York, we are proceeding."Skip to next paragraph
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"The US government must ensure that victims in the United States have not been subjected to illegal and unconscionable actions by these newspapers seeking to exploit information about their personal tragedies for profit," Senator Menendez wrote to US Attorney General Eric Holder. "Given the large scope of Scotland Yard's investigation which reportedly includes a list of 3,870 names, 5,000 land-line phone numbers and 4,000 cell phone numbers that may have been hacked, I believe it is imperative to investigate whether victims in the United States have been affected as well."
In a Wall Street Journal interview Thursday, Mr. Murdoch said News Corp. has handled the crisis "extremely well in every way possible," making just "minor mistakes."
Murdoch said the company would establish an independent committee to "investigate every charge of improper conduct." The committee, he added, will be headed by a "distinguished non-employee."
When the scandal broke, he said, his son James Murdoch – the company’s deputy chief operating officer – “acted as fast as he could, the moment he could.” And in terms of his own role in recent days, the elder Murdoch said, "When I hear something going wrong, I insist on it being put right."
After first declining, Murdoch agreed to appear before a parliamentary committee in London next week.
“We think it's important to absolutely establish our integrity in the eyes of the public,” he told the Wall Street Journal. “I felt that it's best just to be as transparent as possible."