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Did Rupert Murdoch break US law? US Senator wants to know.

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For Rupert Murdoch's and News Corp, this slow drip of regular bad news has to be nerve racking. For most organizations and individuals, when you have bad news you want to get it all out as quickly as possible and move on. The pace may be frustrating for those who dislike Murdoch and News Corp, but the slow drip of bad news really is painful not to mention damaging for them. Rushing the process before all of the details are available could end up helping News Corp.

What surprises are going to emerge next in the ongoing News Corp scandal? More from The Guardian on Senator Rockefeller's request for information.

Rupert Murdoch's global media empire is facing a challenge on a new front in the billowing phone-hacking scandal after a powerful US Senate committee opened direct contact with British investigators in an attempt to find out whether News Corporation has broken American laws.

Jay Rockefeller, chairman of the Senate committee on commerce, science and transportation, has written to Lord Justice Leveson, who leads the British judicial inquiry into media ethics, asking if he has uncovered any evidence relating questionable practices in the US.

"I would like to know whether any of the evidence you are reviewing suggests that these unethical and sometimes illegal business practices occurred in the United States or involved US citizens," Rockefeller writes in a letter released on Wednesday.

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