Exposed by ‘Digital Trail,’ Fox News Mole Tweets Termination Letter
by Sam Laird
The Fox News mole that Gawker found inside the conservative cable TV station has been outed and fired. He posted his termination letter to Twitter on Thursday for the world to see.
Joe Muto (right) began working for Fox News in 2004, and was an associate producer for hit show The O’Reilly Factor since 2007.
Since being exposed earlier this week, Muto has used his personal Twitter account to fill out the story, promise more inside info and playfully lament his downfall. Here’s the photo he posted Thursday morning after being canned:
Muto’s first anonymously written post for Gawker appeared Tuesday. He detailed working conditions inside the controversial company and posted video footage not meant for the broadcast. But his clandestine glory didn’t last long.
By Wednesday, Fox News claimed to have identified the leak. Muto responded with a short, taunting Gawker post titled “I Am the Fox Mole, And I’m Still Here.”
Just several hours later, he wrote another Gawker post titled “Hi Roger. It’s Me, Joe: The Fox Mole,” referring to Fox News president Roger Ailes.
Just delivered to my front door via messenger. Very polite of them actually. pic.twitter.com/Mq5i1c9P
In the latter post, Muto said “it was the digital trail that gave me away.” He wrote that he used his personal computer login to access video footage, which made him the prime suspect in the leaks. It was just a matter of time, he said, before his jig was up.
How much was Muto’s from-the-belly-of-the-beast info worth to Gawker? $5,000, according to Forbes. Lawyers for Fox News, meanwhile, say Muto’s “admissions are admissions of likely criminal and civil wrongdoing” and that the company “will pursue its rights and remedies in the appropriate legal forums.”
Muto, for his part, doesn’t seem all that shocked his mission came to such an abrupt end. On Wednesday evening he posted this tweet:
Who could have guessed that my bulletproof plan would go awry so quickly? Oh, that’s right. EVERYONE.
Do you support Joe Muto? Do you think the risk he took was worth $5,000?