UPDATE: A Fox News Channel spokesperson says, “Joe Muto has already been fired. Once the network determined that Mr. Muto was the main culprit in less than 24 hours, he was suspended late yesterday while we pursued concurrent avenues. We are continuing to explore legal recourse against Mr. Muto and possibly others.”
Earlier: Today we’re tracking the elusive beast known as the Fox Mole, who only has a life span of about 24 hours. He’s a wily little animal, but apparently he’s not clever enough to cover his digital tracks.
On Monday (April 10), Gawker announced its newest hire, the Fox Mole, a longtime Fox News Channel employee who was fed up and ready to leave the organization — but not before he took the opportunity to “crawl through the air vents, gather intel, and pass it along” via Gawker. But less than a day later, Fox News announced they had found their guy. And then on Tuesday evening, Joe Muto outed himself with a post on Gawker, saying he had been suspended indefinitely with pay.
“In the end, it was the digital trail that gave me away,” he writes. “They knew that someone, using my computer login, had accessed the sources for two videos that ended up on Gawker over the past few weeks. They couldn’t prove it entirely, but I was pretty much the only suspect.”
But this isn’t the last we’ve heard of Muto, who joined Fox News as a production assistant in 2004.
“I am a weasel, a traitor, a sell-out and every bad word you can throw at me… but as of today, I am free,” he continues. “And I am ready to tell my story, which I wasn’t able to fully do for the previous 36 hours. Stay tuned for much, much more tomorrow.”