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Joe Muto: ‘I’m not a disgruntled employee. I’m very gruntled.’

Former Fox News employee Joe Muto says he’s “not a sociopath” and didn’t walk around Fox “for 8 years with a chip on my shoulder.” Muto, fired Thursday after revealing himself as the mole paid to share information on the company, simply says, “I couldn’t be in that building one day longer without exploding.”

Without commenting on his financial arrangements with Gawker, Muto told Howard Kurtz on CNN today, “this was a primal scream from a longtime Fox employee who just couldn’t take it anymore.”

Of the legal fight now brewing, Muto says Fox News is, “trying to intimidate me into silence because I’m revealing unflattering information about the inner workings of the company.”

“They promote people for pushing this conservative viewpoint,” Muto says of the “top-down” management, which “comes from Mr. Ailes himself.”

People at work knew I wasn’t really enthusiastic about the right-wing leanings there, and as a result it seemed after a while my career was stalling. I was never going to advance in the ranks there because I did not buy into this conservative viewpoint.”

Fox ‘Mole’ Joe Muto Booked For CNN’s ‘Reliable Sources’

Former Fox News producer Joe Muto will be an “exclusive” guest on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” on Sunday. Muto is the FNC staffer who leaked reports from inside the network to Gawker this week.

A preview:

Fox has since filed suit against Muto, alleging that he violated civil and criminal law with some of his leaks.

Also on “Reliable,” CBS News correspondents Steve Kroft and Bob Simon, who will remember their friend and colleague Mike Wallace.

Fox News Lawyers to Joe Muto: ‘Your admissions are admissions of likely criminal and civil wrongdoing’

TVNewser has obtained a letter sent to Joe Muto, the former “O’Reilly Factor” associate producer revealed to be a mole working for Gawker. The letter is from a law firm representing Fox News saying his actions thus far are “likely criminal.”

In fact a Fox News spokesperson tells TVNewser, “It’s now in the hands of our lawyers and law enforcement given that a crime has been committed.”

Muto, who was paid $5,000 by Gawker, was fired today after 8 years with the network. Last night he was questioned, put on paid leave and escorted from Fox News headquarters. The from the letter:

Be advised that your admissions are admissions of likely criminal and civil wrongdoing on both your and Gawker’s part, which will be the subject of further extensive investigation

The letter goes on advise Muto he “should immediately stop providing information and videos to Gawker …[and] immediately stop writing columns based on information that you unlawfully obtained while employed at Fox News. You should also immediately take all necessary steps to preserve all documents and information that may be relevant to your hire and employment at Gawker.”

Earlier in the day, Epstein, Becker & Green also sent a cease and desist letter to Gawker demanding they “immediately stop publishing information and videos that have been unlawfully obtained by or from Joe Muto and return them to Fox News.”

See the letter after the jump…

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How Much Did Gawker Pay The Fox News Mole?

The Fox News mole, who has now been identified as (former) “O’Reilly Factor” associate producer Joe Muto, wrote three undercover posts for Gawker before Fox News fired him yesterday. Forbes’ Jeff Bercovici has details on Muto’s compensation from the website:

Gawker’s John Cook tells me the gossip website paid Joe Muto $5,000 for his contributions as “The Fox Mole.” Muto, a former producer on “The O’Reilly Factor,” had intended to remain anonymous, but it took the network less than 24 hours to figure out where the leaks were coming from and have him escorted out.

Muto may not have exposed anything all that juicy about the inner workings of Fox News, but the stunt has already paid for himself and then some. Muto’s posts have racked up around 1.5 million page views.

Fox News Mole Reveals Himself as 8-Year Employee, Worked on ‘The O’Reilly Factor’

The Fox News employee hired by Gawker to write about his experience inside the network has revealed himself as an associate producer on “The O’Reilly Factor.” Joe Muto, who joined Fox News in 2004, says he has been suspended, with pay and was escorted out of Fox News headquarters today by “two nice gentlemen from security.”

At 8:42pm tonight, Muto wrote on Gawker:

Two hours ago I was called into a meeting with Dianne Brandi, the Fox News Executive Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs and suspended indefinitely… with pay, oddly enough. They nailed me.

I am a weasel, a traitor, a sell-out and every bad word you can throw at me… but as of today, I am free, and I am ready to tell my story, which I wasn’t able to fully do for the previous 36 hours.

Muto signs off, “Stay tuned for much, much more tomorrow.”

> Update: A Fox News spokesperson released this statement tonight: “Joe Muto is fired effective April 12. Once the network determined that Mr. Muto was the main culprit in less than 24 hours, he was suspended late today while we pursued concurrent avenues. We are continuing to explore legal recourse against Mr. Muto and possibly others.”

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