Sept. 11 families seek meeting with FBI on hacking

July 18, 2011 21:54

NEW YORK - Relatives of victims of the Sept. 11 attacks have asked to meet the FBI and the US Justice Department to discuss the agencies' preliminary inquiry into reports that News Corp reporters may have tried to hack the phones of 9/11 victims.

US authorities have acknowledged they are looking into a report by Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper that reporters with the rival News of the World offered to pay a New York police officer for private phone records of some 9/11 victims.

The Mirror's report, citing an unidentified source, has yet to be independently verified but already has fueled US emotions over the wider phone hacking scandal that has consumed Britain and rocked Rupert Murdoch's News Corp media empire.

New York attorney Normal Siegel, who represents Sept. 11 family members in three legal cases, sent letters on Monday requesting meetings with FBI Director Robert Mueller, US Attorney General Eric Holder and US Representative John Conyers, the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee.

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