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Senator Seeks Evidence in News Corp. Phone Hacking

Jay Rockefeller, chairman of the Senate’s Commerce Committee, is putting the squeeze on News Corporation. The Telegraph reports that Rockefeller flew to News Corp.’s London headquarters to gather evidence of phone hacking. Any information obtained could then be used for a potential Senate investigation into the Rupert Murdoch media empire.

When news of the scandal broke in 2011, Rockefeller was a vocal critic of News Corp. He urged the FBI and DOJ to open investigations into the company, and they both have. Their cases — which are still underway — involve the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which concerns American companies bribing foreign officials.

Last year, during the Leveson Inquiry, Rockefeller wrote Judge Leveson, claiming that he was “interested in learning whether any of the conduct you are investigating falls within the jurisdiction of US laws.” It appears that his curiosity has only grown since then.

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News Corp Brushes Aside Secret Rupert Murdoch Recording

In public statements, Rupert Murdoch has sounded extremely remorseful about the infamous phone hacking scandal. But in a secret recording, made by someone at the Sun, Murdoch came off quite differently.

According to a report by Exaro and the UK’s Channel 4 news, Murdoch explained to arrested staffers that the hacking was “next to nothing” and had been going for many years. When Geoff Webster, the Sun’s deputy editor, suggested they should “hit back back when we can,” Murdoch agreed, saying, “We will; we will.”

Naturally the tape caused quite an uproar, but News Corp. is doing its best to brush it all aside.

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