Michael Moore predicts phone-hacking scandal will spread to Fox News

Documentary film-maker has 'gut feeling' investigations will reveal phone hacking at Murdoch subsidiary Fox News. Moore, who has long been a critic of the right-wing broadcaster, said during a Q&A session at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York that he cannot believe the practice was limited to News International's UK newspapers.

"I'm interested to see what happens with Fox News and phone hacking," Moore said, referring to the News Corp. scandal that has resulted in a number of arrests and high-level resignations within the British section of Rupert Murdoch's empire. "I really can't believe it just happens in Great Britain. Because really, who cares about just hacking phones over there?

A string of phone hacking revelations led to the closure of the News of the World last July, and Ofcom has announced today (April 23) that it is investigating an admission by Sky News that it hacked into private email accounts for stories. Moore spoke Sunday at a Tribeca Film Festival event with actress Susan Sarandon, with the two elaborating on their general fears of government and other forms of surveillance. So far there is no evidence to suggest that the phone-hacking scandal has spread to News International's US businesses, and Moore did not offer any to back up his claims.

Meanwhile, several US politicians have called for an investigation into suggestions that the company may have hacked the phones of 9/11 victims. Moore has not announced the subject of his new film (he last directed "Capitalism: A Love Story" more than two years ago) and declined to specify Sunday what it might be about. During the festival conversation, Moore and Sarandon both said that they believe they have been the subject of surveillance by government agencies in the past.

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