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Fri Feb 23, 2024, 01:58 AM Feb 23

Former journalist indicted for allegedly hacking and leaking embarrassing Fox News Tucker Carlson footage [View all]

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Source: CNN

By Oliver Darcy, CNN
Published 4:31 PM EST, Thu February 22, 2024

Timothy Burke, a former journalist, has been charged with 14 federal crimes over the alleged hack and leaking of a series of unflattering behind-the-scenes clips of Tucker Carlson, according to an indictment unsealed Thursday.

In the grand jury indictment, Burke was charged with one count of conspiracy, six counts of accessing a protected computer without authorization, and seven counts of intercepting or disclosing wire, oral or electronic communications. The 45-year-old was arrested Thursday morning and was expected to appear in federal court in Tampa, Florida, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

The charges against Burke, who denied breaking the law through his lawyers, followed a Justice Department criminal hacking probe opened last year after previously unaired videos from Carlson’s former Fox News show surfaced online. In one unaired clip posted by Vice in 2022, Kanye West was seen making antisemitic remarks to Carlson. The following year, after Carlson was fired from Fox News, the progressive watchdog Media Matters posted embarrassing behind-the-scenes footage of Carlson making crude remarks while joking with staff and denigrating the Fox Nation streaming service.

The fact that previously unaired footage found its way to the outlets confounded media observers, who wondered who could have been behind the leaks. Megyn Kelly, a former Fox News anchor, even floated a conspiracy theory suggesting that the right-wing network was actually behind the leaks to embarrass Carlson, whom it had just fired.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2024/02/22/media/timothy-burke-indicted-fox-news-tucker-carlson-footage/index.html

The fact that Laura Ingraham floated an unsubstantiated conspiracy theory that Fox was the culprit just shows how lame right-wing media is. Their obsession with conspiracy theories is nothing more than mud slinging. They don't care who they hurt. It's just to attract viewers.
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