Journalist Timothy Burke was indicted Thursday on charges pertaining to hacking, he had been under investigation in relation to the publication of leaked videos of former Fox News heavyweight Tucker Carlson.
The unflattering videos surfaced online last spring in the days after Carlson was unceremoniously ousted from the network at which he had been the top host for years.
Burke’s attorney previously denied his client’s involvement, saying he ‘never hacked Fox News,’ and adding, ‘Ware confident that when all the facts come out, it will be demonstrated that Timothy never hacked anyone and that all the information he provided was accessible to the public.’
The Washington Post’s Will Sommer broke the news Thursday, saying an arraignment is set for 2pm.
Journalist Timothy Burke was federally indicted Thursday on charges related to hacking Fox News
Days after his ouster, unflattering videos of former Fox News host Tucker Carlson were leaked online
Federal authorities searched Burke’s home last summer. The federal indictment is for conspiracy to commit hacking, and is related to Burke’s access to unpublished Fox News footage.
Burke’s attorney, Mark Rasch, told the Washington Post last year: ‘Tim is a master at finding links to stuff publicly posted on the internet.’
‘If a video is posted, public, unencrypted, and unprotected, then there’s simply no crime committed when a journalist like Tim finds it, reviews it, and accurately reports on it, even where, and maybe especially where, the subjects wish it was suppressed. That’s the essence of journalism in the digital age.’
The leaked footage of Carlson included several hot mic moments published by left-wing watchdog group Media Matters.
In one clip, Carlson appeared to bash Dominion Voting Systems’ lawyer, with whom he had sat for a deposition earlier in the day.
In the tape, he called the Dominion lawyer a ‘slimy little motherf**ker’ who, ‘triggered’ him.
Fox News would go on to settle with Dominion for the eye-watering sum of $787.5million in an 11th hour deal ahead of trial.
In another video, Carlson says he resents Fox’s subscription service ‘Fox Nation,’ because ‘the site sucks.’
‘Nobody watches Fox Nation because the site sucks,’ he is seen and heard saying into his phone, on which he is having a conversation with representatives for controversial internet personality Andrew Tate.
Burke has maintained his innocence. His attorney says the videos of Carlson he had were available to the public