April 23, 2012
Michael Moore predicts phone-hacking scandal will spread to Fox News
Film-maker says he cannot believe the practice was restricted to the UK
Michael Moore has said he believes the phone-hacking scandal will spread to Rupert Murdoch's Fox News.
The campaigning film-maker, who has long been a critic of the right-wing broadcaster, said during a Q&A session at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York that he cannot believe the practice was limited to News International's UK newspapers.
The News Of The World was closed in July last year after it was discovered that illegal phone-hacking had been widespread. And according to The Guardian, the Bowling For Columbine director expects the scandal to spread across the Atlantic.
In conversation with Susan Sarandon, Moore said:
I'm interested to see what happens with Fox News and phone hacking. I really can't believe it just happens in Great Britain. Because really, who cares about just hacking phones over there?
"I'll make a prediction about something - I think the phone-hacking thing Murdoch is involved in... is going to be investigated, and it will be found that it’s been going on here too. I just have a gut feeling."
There is no evidence as yet to suggest that phone-hacking extended to Murdoch's US businesses, and Moore did not proffer any. British prosecutors have however raised the possibility of bringing legal proceedings in the US if British citizens phones are found to have been hacked while on US soil.
Meanwhile, several US politicians have called for an investigation into suggestions that the company may have hacked the phones of 9/11 victims. Murdoch is due to appear in front of the Leveson Inquiry into phone-hacking this week.
Sarandon, also a well-known liberal, said during the Q&A that she believes herself to be under surveillance by US government agencies. She said: "I've gotten my [FBI] file twice. I know my phone was tapped. If they’re not surveilling you, then everyone else has cameras on phones. I was denied security clearance to go to the White House [next week] and I don’t know why."
Moore replied: "I never think about it. It would unwind me. I assume everything I'm saying in an email or saying on the telephone is being looked at."
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