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. us1776

    This investigation and possible charges is exactly why Murdoch took the first flight out of the U.S. to London.

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    July 14, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jimzcarz

    No one should have this much power or control of what we See & Hear.

    July 14, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • me

      It's not just Murdoch. Basically everything we see and hear in the meda is in the hands of a small number of telecom giants.

      July 14, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • RobbD

      Amen

      July 14, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • yeah

      American paranoia

      July 14, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Redeye Dog

      There was a day when no one did. We provide the catalyst through technology while Muslim extremists gave everyone the argument that it is needed. The real problem is technology changes faster (way faster) than regulation can keep up with and the "rule of law" is becoming more obscure everyday. There are too many loopholes for dubious users of the social network.

      July 14, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dave

    Investigate Andrew Breitbart and the idiot pimp James O'Keefe!

    July 14, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lolabeans

      Right on Dave! I'm wondering the same thing. Just how did Beritbart get the lead? Faux News Facebook hacking? Anthony Weiner may have been right.

      July 14, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chad

      Because you were OK with what ACORN was doing? Wow.

      You are the reason the democrats were destroyed in 2010 and will lose most ever seat and the Presidency in 2012.

      July 14, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bill in VA

    Before anyone gets too excited we will have to see if it occurred and if it did, when it occurred. The statute of limitations could come in to play. 9/11 was 10 years ago. Generally outside statute of limitations for most non capital offenses

    July 14, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • us1776

      Au contraire mon ami, you forgot the Patriot Act so soon?

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      July 14, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill in VA

      To us1117. WHile I think they should be taken to task if they can be taken to task, stretching bad and likely illegal behavior if it did occur to terrorism seems a stretch. But we will see.

      July 14, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Adeem Sadiq

    Pull the plug on Fox Funny News.

    July 14, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. mouse

    while i'd say 'it's about time [someone looked into this company]' but i'm realist enough to know that at best some sacrificial heads will roll and Rupert himself will not likely face direct charges. if something hints he might then he will buy what he needs to destroy the credibility of anyone directly linking him to anything 'criminal' and where that fails he will buy the right politico[assuming he doesn't have that right one already] to make this go away ....

    .... and unless something truly dramatic happens leading to an Enron-esque collapse it's doubtful anyone will remember[or care] this next year when his engine spins up to push for the next GOP Reign [of terror].

    July 14, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. j more

    Exactly why i dont use my computer or phone for anything i wouldnt want my mother to see.

    July 14, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ben Greely

    Roland Martin hacked into the hair club for men

    July 14, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Litterboxrox

    I bet this is nothing more than the liberal slanted FBI picking on Fox News.

    July 14, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • jimmyd

      As is pretty much everything that runs counter to your world view.

      July 14, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      UK is in on it too, it is a conspiracy.

      July 14, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. sickofmorons

    Please, please, please let this be the beginning of the end of that haters that have destroyed this country and the world... bye-bye Murdoch, may you rot in prison before you burn elsewhere.

    July 14, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Greenspam

    Republicans today vowed to cut FBI budget unless FBI equally investigates Obama and MSNBC.

    July 14, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ben Greely

    mouse, you sound like a paranoid little ninny. go change your panties.

    July 14, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. studdmuffins

    Shocking. That a Democrat controlled DOJ/FBI would investigate NewsCorp, parent of FoxNews...Will wonders never cease?

    July 14, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Thats what is in the white House now.

      July 14, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. DejaVu60s

    Hmmm. The FBI is going to investigate Murdoch's complicity in the use of illegal wiretaps. And, in a gesture of reciprocity perhaps, Scotland Yard is preparing to investigate CNN's own Piers Morgan, who just happens to have been an editor at the now-defunct News of the World until the mid-1990's. (How come CNN isn't reporting that little item? LOL)

    July 14, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. sbrez

    murdoch is running an espionage operation that targets elected politicians. they are going to burn him down – and he deserves it

    July 14, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
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