Vanity Fair contributor Sarah Ellison looks at the ongoing fallout from the News Corp. phone hacking scandal and the toll it has taken on Rupert Mudrdoch’s media empire.
Rupert Murdoch's global media empire is coming under further pressure this morning as the scandal starts to affect his interests in other countries. Our partner, the BBC has learned U.S. federal investigators have contacted British police to discuss the probe into allegations against journalists working for the News of the World newspaper. Some are alleged to have paid police officers for information. Murdoch's News Corporation is based in the U.S., and the law here can impose serious penalties on companies guilty of bribing foreign officials. In the country of Murdoch's birth, Australia, the value of News Corporation shares has plunged more than six percent to a two-year low.
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch will close Britain’s most popular newspaper, The News of the World, in a bid to prevent the outrage over the tabloid’s phone hacking scandal from infecting the other news outlets he owns. British detectives investigating the illegal phone hacking conducted by the newspaper’s staff say the number of victims could exceed 4,000.
Vanity Fair contributor Sarah Ellison talks about the troubled relationship between The Guardian and Wikileaks. Her article “The Man Who Spilled the Secrets” gives an account of the five months of stops and starts and all the machinations with Julian Assange and his lawyers at The Guardian’s London offices, which led to the publication of WikiLeaks’ cache of diplomatic cables on November 29. “The Man Who Spilled the Secrets” appears in the February issue of Vanity Fair.