WSJ: DOJ Prepping Subpoenas in Hacking Scandal

By Alex Weprin 

The Wall Street Journal reports that the U.S. Department of Justice is preparing subpoenas related to its inquiry into the News Corp. hacking scandal. News Corp. owns the WSJ.

The question is whether News of the World or any other newspaper used or attempted to use private investigators to hack into the phones of Americans. Reports have claimed that NotW staffers tried to hack into the phones of 9/11 victims in order to get scoops.

Commenting on the FBI inquiry, a News Corp. spokeswoman said: “We have not seen any evidence to suggest there was any hacking of 9/11 victim’s phones, nor has anybody corroborated what are clearly very serious allegations. The story arose when an unidentified person speculated to the Daily Mirror about whether it happened. That paper printed the anonymous speculation, which has since mushroomed in the broader media with no substantiation.”

The spokeswoman also said the company hasn’t seen any “indication of a connection or similarity between the events, allegations and practices being investigated in the U.K. and News Corp’s U.S. properties.”