Thursday 22 March 2018

US widens Murdoch phone-hacking probe beyond 9/11 claims

Cahal Milmo in New York

AMERICAN authorities have widened their investigation into Rupert Murdoch's News Corp to look into allegations of wrongdoing at the company beyond the claim that 'News of the World' journalists attempted to hack the phones of 9/11 victims.

It was reported at the weekend that FBI investigators checking claims that reporters at the now-defunct tabloid asked a New York-based private detective to access the voicemails of those killed in the 2001 terrorist attacks, have so far found no hard evidence.

'The Wall Street Journal', which is owned by News Corp, said US agencies were now examining whether there were further claims of misconduct at the company's US subsidiaries.

The move comes as British MPs prepare to consider the release of new documents related to hacking, which have been described as "dynamite".

It is understood the US inquiry will look at past claims against News Corp firms, including a lawsuit brought by Floorgraphics, a small advertising company, alleging computer hacking that led to its Murdoch-owned competitor settling for $29.5m (€20.7m) in 2009.

Irish Independent

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