Rupert Murdoch’s problems from the News Of The World phone-hacking scandal may soon cross the pond. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller is urging U.S. officials to examine Murdoch’s newsgathering practices following revelations from the UK that raise “serious questions about whether the company has broken U.S. law.” Rockefeller says that “appropriate agencies” should “investigate to ensure that Americans have not had their privacy violated. I am concerned that the admitted phone hacking in London by the News Corp may have extended to 9/11 victims or other Americans. If they did, the consequences will be severe.”
Murdoch would be vulnerable to a charge that News Corp violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act if it’s proven that the company benefitted from bribes to overseas officials. One of the charges in the phone-hacking scandal is that Murdoch’s reporters frequently paid police for tips and information, including celebrities’ cell numbers.