Journo who leaked embarrassing Tucker clips arrested for hacking

The journalist accused of leaking behind-the-scenes footage of Tucker Carlson on his now-canceled Fox News show has been arrested for alleged computer hacks at the network.

Tim Burke, 45, was indicted Thursday on one count of conspiracy; six counts of accessing a protected computer without authorization; and seven counts of intercepting or disclosing wire, oral or electronic communications, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

The federal indictment comes after FBI agents seized computers and electronic devices during a raid on Burke’s home last year, and claims that Burke and an unnamed person used “compromised credentials” to access and save protected commercial broadcast video streams and share them anonymously.

“The indictment also accuses Burke of accessing a file transfer protocol server for ‘one of the major sports leagues in North America.’ In a direct Twitter message included in the indictment, Burke’s alleged co-conspirator described the server as the main location ‘for all of their footage they post to social, send to partners, etc.,'” the report stated.

Previously employed at Deadspin and the Daily Beast, Burke now runs his own media and political consulting company that “produces a wide range of video content, including for high-profile media clients like HBO and ESPN,” the newspaper noted.

Burke’s wife, Tampa City Council member Lynn Hurtak, stood by her man in court and defended him in a statement — Burke managed her 2023 campaign for office.

“I am confident in my husband’s innocence, and I support him completely,” Hurtak said. “I will not be making additional statements regarding this matter.”

The defendant’s lawyers, Michael Maddux and Mark Rasch, decried their client’s innocence while condemning hacking.

“While we, like anyone else, condemn computer hacking, we emphatically insist that the facts of this case will demonstrate that there was, in fact, no hacking whatsoever,” the attorneys said in a statement. “This case will have a significant impact on how people in general access and use the Internet, how they use shared passwords to access websites, and how online journalism is conducted.”

They argue that Burke’s actions amount to constitutionally protected digital journalism.

“It’s not hacking, it’s just good investigative journalism,” Maddux told the Times. “We obviously emphatically deny these charges and we’re looking forward to the opportunity to defend him and exonerate him.”

Ironically, the released outtake footage was intended to harm Tucker Carlson, but the clips only made his fans love him all the more. In one such clip, Carlson declared that flaming liberals should not work at Fox News and denounced the use of pronouns.

“If you’ve got pronouns in your Twitter bio, you shouldn’t work here because we can’t trust you because you’re on the other side,” he said.

Tom Tillison

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