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[ISN] Sen. Jay Rockefeller Seeks U.S. Agency Probes of News Corp. Phone Hacking
By Anthony Palazzo
July 12, 2011
Senator Jay Rockefeller called for U.S. agencies to investigate whether
alleged phone hacking at News Corp. (NWSA)âs U.K. newspapers targeted
American victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
âI am concerned that the admitted phone hacking in London by the News
Corp. may have extended to 9/11 victims or other Americans,â
Rockefeller, a Democrat from West Virginia, said today in a statement
posted on the website of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation
Committee, which he chairs. âIf they did, the consequences will be
Reporters at the now-defunct News of the World tabloid are alleged to
have hacked into hundreds of mobile-phone voice mails, including those
of murder and terror victims, and bribed police for confidential
information. The scandal prompted Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Rupert Murdoch to close the 168-year-old tabloid.
According to a report in the Daily Mirror, a competitor to News of the
World and other News Corp. publications, an unnamed private investigator
and former New York City police officer alleged reporters at the
newspaper offered to pay him to retrieve private phone records of
victims of the 9/11 attacks.
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