Matthew Keys said his firing from Reuters "wasn't unexpected" — and while the company told him they "did not agree with" some of the coverage he did on his own about the Boston bombings and did not mention the indictment against him, "I assume they were looking for an out."
Keys, who was Reuters' deputy social media editor and is currently facing charges that he conspired to help members of the hacker group Anonymous gain access to the Tribune Co.'s computer system, announced Monday on Twitter that Reuters had fired him. He told POLITICO that "during today's call [with Reuters], they did not make mention of the indictment. They did, however, repeatedly make mention that I had been suspended."
Keys said, however, that his independent coverage of the events in Boston last week — such as tweeting information from police scanners that ended up being incorrect — was one of the reasons he was given for his termination.