The U.S. Justice Department is preparing subpoenas as part of preliminary investigations into News Corp. relating to alleged foreign bribery and alleged hacking of voicemail of Sept. 11 victims, according to a government official.


The Federal Bureau of Investigation separately has begun an inquiry into whether News Corp. employees tried to hack into voice mails of Sept. 11 victims, people familiar with the early-stage probe have said.

A person close to News Corp. said the preparation of subpoenas is “a fishing expedition with no evidence to support it.”

The FBI has agreed to meet with the families of 9/11 victims to investigate allegations of phone hacking in the United States.

According to a lawyer for one such family, relatives of 9/11 victims are scheduled to meet with FBI director Robert Mueller and the U.S. attorney general Eric Holder to discuss the allegations, CNN reported on Wednesday. No specific date has been set for the meeting, the lawyer said.

Several lawmakers have pressed Holder to launch an investigation into News Corp.’s operations, after allegations about the paper’s hacking of 9/11 victims’ families surfaced in the U.K.’s Daily Mirror. The FBI investigation was launched late last week.
FBI to meet with 9/11 families in News Corp. phone hacking investigation, plus more fallout from Murdoch hearing - The Cutline
It is positive development that in addition to ongoing probes in the UK, the FBI has launched an investigation into the conduct of News Corp. employees. These inquiries must allow for a full public airing of the behavior of these irresponsible news outlets. If criminal behavior is found to have occurred, I hope those liable are prosecuted.

However there is also a need for a broader conversation about how the media has fallen down on its responsibilities — not by tapping the phones of celebrities, politicians and victims of crimes and terrorist attacks – but by failing to insure the public is truly informed about the most pressing issues of the day.

Al Gore weighs in on hacking scandal

Gore, of course, has been locked in battle with News Corp. lately over its subsidiary Sky Italia’s decision to drop Current TV. Gore claimed that the channel was dropped because it hired Keith Olbermann, a frequent News Corp critic, but News Corp insiders told The Guardian it was because the two sides couldn’t reach a commercial agreement. - POLITICO

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There was plenty of drama in London Tuesday when Rupert Murdoch, James Murdoch and Rebekah Brooks testified before a committee of Parliament about the phone-hacking and alleged police-bribing scandal rocking Britain. Jeffrey Brown discusses the proceedings with The New York Times’ John Burns and NPR’s David Folkenflik.

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