New York Post staffers have been told to preserve any documents that may relate to phone hacking or payoffs to officials, as News Corp. prepares for a probe into its UK operations to reach across the Atlantic. Post editor Col Allan sent a memo to staff yesterday asking them to comply with the request from company lawyers. Allan wrote that as the scandal at News of the World tabloid unfolded in the UK, "we knew that as a News Corporation tabloid, we would be looked at more closely."
He told employees the action is being taken out of precaution and not because there's evidence that any Post worker "has done anything improper or unlawful." Attorney General Eric Holder plans to meet on Aug. 24 with some 9/11 family members about an FBI inquiry into allegations that News of the World journalists attempted to bribe a former New York City policeman to get phone records of victims of the attacks. The FBI probe is in its preliminary stages and it is unclear whether it will look at News Corp. properties beyond the UK tabloid. (Read more New York Post stories.)