Sen. Rockefeller suspects News Corp criminal activity in U.S.
July 13th, 2011
02:13 PM ET
12 years ago

Sen. Rockefeller suspects News Corp criminal activity in U.S.

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Jay Rockefeller, the Democratic chair of the Senate Commerce Committee, told CNN Wednesday he is considering an investigation into whether News Corp employees broke the law by hacking U.S. citizens.

"My bet is we'll find some criminal stuff," Rockefeller said. "This is going to be a huge issue," he said as he was leaving the Senate chamber after a vote.

"We'll have jurisdiction over that. If it's criminal it moves to the judiciary."

Rockefeller declined to provide specifics to back up his suspicions.

A Rockefeller aide said the senator thinks News Corp journalists here in the United States or in the United Kingdom might have targeted U.S. citizens.

On Tuesday night, Rockefeller issued a statement urging "appropriate agencies to investigate to ensure that Americans have not had their privacy violated" by journalists working for the company.

In his statement, he said the allegations "raise serious questions about whether the company has broken U.S. law." Rockefeller said he was particularly concerned 9/11 victims may have been hacked.

But his comments Wednesday went a step further, with the powerful chair of the committee that oversees large aspects of the U.S. economy saying he believes the company's actions may have been criminal.

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. 'merica ruined by rethugs

    No...I'm shocked that Faux News aka Fixed Noise would be embroiled in such unscrupulous practices. Investigate 'em. If Rupert or his minions have broken the law, prosecute to the fullest extent.

    July 13, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  2. 2cents4free

    Calling what FOX puts out news is a crime in itself.

    July 13, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  3. vet in texas

    Amazing how all the "real Americans" choose a network owned by an Aussie and Saudi's (which 19 of them attacked us 10 years ago), for their source of real fair and balanced news.......again, no credibility regarding politics, non-whatsoever

    July 13, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  4. Billy

    Of course News Corp hacked into the phones of 9/11 victims. The real question is will any of the brain dead followers of Fox News care or will they root for their "team" no matter how illegally and disgustingly they behave?

    July 13, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  5. Former Republican, now an Independent

    It's about time someone had the guts to investigate Newscorp and it's owner, Rupert Murdoch. Murdoch is a dangerous man and does not have the U.S. in his best interests. He has hired some of the best journalists to bend the news to the point of lies and deception and has a large number of Americans fooled. We'll see if Sen. Rockefeller can actually challenge Murdoch, as Murdoch owns a lot of senators and representatives in Washington. Huge amounts of money can buy your way out of anything these days.

    July 13, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    About time.

    July 13, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  7. Rickster

    " The United States is viewed less favorably in much of the Arab world today than it was during the final year of the Bush administration, and President Obama is less popular in the region that Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, according to a poll released today (WED) by the Arab American Institute, a nonpartisan research and advocacy group."
    But.....but......but.....I thought the world, especially the muslim world, was going to love us once the transformational figure of Barack Hussein Obama was elected into office?? I thought he was going to heal the sick and raise the dead and there would be spontaneous group hugs breaking out all over the place?? And yet here is another poll that shows him even less popular than George W. Bush?? What happened??

    July 13, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  8. AEK

    Mr. Murdoch is personally responsible for EVERYTHING that takes place in his little kingdom. For him to plead ignorance at this point is ludicrous. That includes anything that ties Fox News (ha, ha) to the home office. Would it really surprise anyone to find that they were guilty of using the same types of tactics in the United States?

    July 13, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  9. Toni

    I bet the shredders are busy at Fox!

    July 13, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  10. Behold the Corruption Machine!

    Given the odd behavior and votes by some politicians, it wouldn't surprise me a bit if this is the tip of the iceberg. I suspect not only Fakes News does this; I'm guessing we have some pretty aggressive countries doing this as well, and then blackmailing politicians, leaders and media figures.

    July 13, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  11. Bitsy

    I want the US to investigate this matter too.

    July 13, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |