American officials are moving forward with their probe into News Corp.'s business practice in the United States, and though we know a little bit more about the immediate next steps, the process could take years. According to a Wall Street Journal report, the FBI is preparing subpoenas for preliminary investigations on two separate charges: bribing police and hacking the voicemails of September 11 victims. News Corp. has vehemently denied any connection between the U.K. investigation and their American operations, but with new shareholder suits popping up seemingly daily, it looks like the company's legal team will probably have to reckon with the charges one way or another. With the Justice Department, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the FBI and various shareholders involved in various investigations and lawsuits, there are a number of possibilities for News Corp.'s immediate future in the States.
FBI could levy charges over hacking the phones of September 11 victims. Two weeks ago, the Daily Mirror reported that News Corp. papers hacked into the phones of September 11 victims. If confirmed, the revelation could produce the American equivalent of public outrage launched by the report that News of the World hacked murdered teenager Milly Dowler's phone. News Corp. points to the Mirror's thin sourcing as proof of lack of evidence. Regardless, should the FBI confirm the hacks, they could bring criminal charges against News Corp. for illegal wiretaps or wire fraud, depending on how the hacks took place, and make extradition requests for the offending executives or journalists.