Sen. Jay Rockefeller asks UK for evidence linking News Corp. scandal to Americans


We already know that Rupert Murdoch is "not a fit person" to run his global empire. We also know that the Murdoch family and their employees continue to be in deeper and deeper doo-doo across the pond.

But they'd be in really deep doo-doo if the scandal finds its way to the United States. The Hill:

[Sen. Jay] Rockefeller sent a letter to Lord Justice Brian Leveson, the House of Lords member leading the investigation of News Corp. in the United Kingdom, and asked whether "any of the evidence you are reviewing … suggests unethical … and sometimes illegal business practices occurred in the United States or involved U.S. citizens." [...]

"I am concerned about the possibility that some of these undisclosed victims are U.S. citizens," he said, "and the possibility that telephone networks under the jurisdiction of U.S. laws were used to intercept their voice mail messages."

"Equally more disturbing," he said, are allegations that News Corp. journalists paid police and other public officials for information.

Illegal phone hacking and bribery in the U.S. would be a majorly humungous problem for Murdoch. As I recall, a guest on Countdown with Keith Olbermann a few months ago said that if the investigation were to spread to our shores, Rupie's Fox TV empire would be in jeopardy, expanding his legal woes exponentially, and would dwarf the current ClusterFox involving British newspapers by comparison.

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act prohibits U.S. citizens and U.S.-based corporations, which some of News Corporation's subsidiaries are, from paying bribes to foreign officials.

In fact, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has asked the Federal Communications Commission to revoke licenses for the 27 U.S. stations owned by Fox.

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