News Corp.'s New Board Picks Have Wiretapping Connections

Murdoch should have thought this one over a bit longer


News Corp., still seeking to move past a hacking scandal at its U.K. newspapers, has nominated to its board a former Colombian president whose administration was itself embroiled in an illegal wiretapping controversy.

Close allies of former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe have been accused by prosecutors of ordering illegal wiretaps against political opponents, journalists who covered the administration and Supreme Court justices who were probing pro- government lawmakers' alleged ties to paramilitary groups.