Friday, September 23, 2011

#hacking #NewsCorp faces more questions in the U.S.

Fresh evidence this week that the Department of Justice continues to dig into Rupert Murdoch’s business dealings here and abroad: U.S. investigators reportedly delivered a letter to News Corp. attorneys “requesting information on alleged payments employees made to U.K. police for tips,” according to Blooomberg.

The DOJ’s move, previously encouraged  by several Democratic senators, comes in the wake of the Media Matters revelation last week that prosecutors have also reached out to a persistent News Corp. whistleblower, Robert Emmel, who has accused the company of corporate misconduct and unfair business practices. In 2009, Emmel starred as a witness at a civil trial in which a News Corp. subsidiary was accused of hacking a competitor’s website.

Those two developments come in the wake of the mini-bombshell in Britain this week alleging that, “Up to a dozen News International executives, including Rebekah Brooks, were told in 2006 that the Metropolitan Police had evidence that more than one News of the World journalist was implicated in the phone-hacking scandal.”

The claim, published in The Independent, directly contradicts News Corp.’s long-held public denial that until 2008, nobody inside the company had credible evidence that phone hacking at Murdoch’s tabloid, News Of The World, extended beyond a single rogue employee.