Source: FBI launches investigation into Murdoch's News Corp.
July 14th, 2011
04:01 PM ET

Source: FBI launches investigation into Murdoch's News Corp.

The FBI has launched an investigation into Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. amid allegations that employees or associates may have hacked into phone conversations and voicemail of September 11 survivors, victims and their families, a federal law enforcement source told CNN.

"We are aware of the allegations and are looking into them," said the source, who requested anonymity due to the sensitivity of the investigation.

"We'll be looking at anyone acting for or on behalf of News Corp., from the top down to janitors," to gather information and determine whether any laws may have been broken.

Because the investigation just began, it's too early to say when the first interviews will be conducted, the source said. New York Rep. Peter T. King, a Republican, earlier this week asked FBI Director Robert Mueller to investigate the possibility that journalists working for Murdoch may have tapped into the phones of 9/11 victims and relatives.

News Corp. said Thursday it had no comment on the FBI investigation or possible congressional hearings.

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  1. Jazzzzzzz

    Murdoch's PHONE.... I'm sure the FBI has TAPPED that , pardon the pun

    July 14, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • michaelfury

      July 15, 2011 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. Goldie..... spamming.

    July 14, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Chas

    Wait a while it'll come to a full blown investigation of "Faux News" yet.

    July 14, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. HRH banasy


    One could hope!

    July 14, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jimmy Crack Corn

    Know why the FBI never investigates Capital Hill? No prison is large enough to fit everyone in that they'll need to arrest.

    July 14, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Logan

    I find it ironic that Fox is anti-big brother, but now they are being investigated for hacking into phones. Fox, have you been looking over my shoulder? hacking into my phone? Oh brother!

    July 14, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Michael

    The talking heads at Faux News must be shaking in their boots. How is their propaganda machine going to handle this?

    July 14, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Roger MacDonald

    Yes, "Faux News," or, more accurately, The Fix Spews Nutwork, should be shaking in their boots.

    July 14, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Why? Hacking of voice mail was only done for investigative journalism, FNC doesn't even have journalism in it's budget.

      July 14, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. The Måd Råp3r

    Let the beatings begin! I hope this just drags on and on and on. I cannot possibly get enough of watching this 80 year old scüm get kicked and beaten. He actually thought for a second he was goingto ditch the UK inquiry next week. Wrong, wrong! Make sure to cry a little for me, Rupe, when you're begging forgiveness during the inquiry. And now the fbi is involved, good lord there's so much blood in the water the sharks barely know what to do with themselves.

    July 14, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. NoNoNo

    The first site on that list contains malware.

    July 14, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Adeem Sadiq

    This is the begining of the end.

    July 14, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. moon

    Good. Let him hang. If anyone deserves some backlash, it's Rupert Murdoch.

    July 14, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Larry L

    Can we revoke Ruper Murdoch's green card?.

    July 14, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. NoNoNo

    The irony is that the (unsubstantiated) 9/11 allegations are in the Daily Mirror, his biggest UK tabloid rival. HaHa. They have been know to make things up as well. Piers Morgan used to edit it.

    July 14, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. With any luck

    With any luck, the Koch Bros. and Norquist will be found to have paid for the tapping of political opponents' phones. They're evil enough, I wouldn't put anything past them if it advances their radical agendas. Just like Fox.

    July 14, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
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