At the urging of several members of Congress, the FBI has begun investigating whether victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and their families were subject to phone hacking from Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.
In a sign that the British scandal involving media mogul Rupert Murdoch is coming under closer scrutiny in the United States, the FBI has launched a probe investigating possible journalistic wrong-doing in this country.
According to several reports Thursday, the FBI inquiry comes as a result of requests by several members of Congress.
Specifically, Rep. Peter King (R) of New York, who chairs the Homeland Security Committee, wants to know if victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and their families may have been the subject of illegal or unethical actions by News Corporation, Murdoch’s parent company, whose holdings include the New York Post, the Wall Street Journal, and the Fox Broadcasting Company.
In Great Britain, Murdoch abruptly shut down the Sunday tabloid News of the World following charges that the organization’s journalists had hacked into cell phones and paid police officers for information – including private information about the victims of terrorist attacks and soldiers killed in Afghanistan.