BREAKING: Menendez sends letter to DoJ requesting investigation into News Corp’s hacking of 9/11 victims

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) has written a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, asking him to investigate reports that News International, a subsidiary of News Corp, hacked into the phones of terrorist attack victims, possibly including 9/11 victims. From the letter:

The U.S. government must ensure that victims in the United States have not been subjected to illegal and unconscionable actions by these newspapers seeking to exploit information about their personal tragedies for profit. […]

Given the large scope of Scotland Yard’s investigation which reportedly includes a list of 3,870 names, 5,000 land-line phone numbers and 4,000 cellphone numbers that may have been hacked, I believe it is imperative to investigate whether victims in the United States have been affected as well.

Some family members of victims of the 9/11 attack have been demanding such a probe. Menendez joins Sens. Lautenberg and Rockefeller in requesting a federal investigation into News Corp’s activities.