Journalist Arrested on 14 federal Charges for Leaking Tucker Carlson Videos from Fox News

A journalist has been arrested in Florida and charged with fourteen federal crimes for leaking videos of Tucker Carlson from Fox News.

On Thursday, 45-year-old Timothy Burke was charged with 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.

If convicted on all counts, Burke faces up to 62 years in federal prison.

Burke was released on bail on the condition that he severs contact with his alleged co-conspirator.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) said in a statement that Burke and his co-conspirator “secured and used compromised credentials — usernames and passwords — to gain unauthorized access to protected computers owned or used by the victim entities.”

The indictment said Burke and the co-conspirator were able to steal unaired Carlson video clips by hacking into StreamCo.

StreamCo a U.S.-based online media streaming company used by Fox News.

Federal prosecutors accused Burke and the co-conspirator of obtaining and stealing StreamCo proprietary information from its website.

The pair then allegedly “used that stolen StreamCo proprietary information to intercept, download, and save the StreamCo broadcaster-customers’ streams.”

The suspects allegedly stole videos of Carlson caught on a hot mic after the “Tucker Carlson Tonight” show had ended.

In May 2023, left-wing propaganda organization Media Matters published candid videos of Carlson interacting with Fox News staff.

The videos were leaked a month after Carlson was fired from Fox News.

Unaired video clips from Tucker’s interview with Kanye West surfaced online in October 2022.

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Failed leftist media outlet Vice’s technology blog Motherboard published the videos.

“Fox News recently aired a two-part interview between Tucker Carlson and Ye, the artist formerly known as Kanye West,” the article reads.

“Motherboard has obtained portions of the interview that were edited out of the final broadcast.

“These include numerous anti-Semitic sentiments from Ye, a strange and lengthy digression about ‘fake children’ he claimed were planted in his house to manipulate his own children, and a statement that he’s vaccinated against COVID-19.”

Burke’s lawyers, Mark Rasch and Michael Maddux, issued a statement saying:

“This investigation apparently began after former Fox News personality Tucker Carlson’s interview with Kanye West, in which Mr. Carlson heavily edited out racist and anti-Semitic remarks by West.

“These reprehensible remarks were exposed by Mr. Burke’s intrepid — and perfectly legal — reporting on the information he found in public sources, on websites accessible without any user IDs or password credentials.”

Burke’s lawyers sent a letter to an assistant U.S. attorney in July 2023 that read:

“It was embarrassing because Mr. Burke was able to find and expose information about the Carlson/West interview.”

The letter added that Fox News “was embarrassed because it had made those feeds available to the public in a way that Mr. Burke could — and did — find them and disseminate them.”

Before entering the courthouse on Thursday, Maddux told the Tampa Bay Times:

“It’s not hacking; it’s just good investigative journalism.

“We obviously emphatically deny these charges, and we’re looking forward to the opportunity to defend him and exonerate him.”

Burke’s legal team denied hacking into the Fox News database and claimed the journalist obtained the videos by following a hyperlink to live video feeds that didn’t require passwords and were not encrypted.

According to Florida Politics, Burke is married to Tampa City Councilwoman Lynn Hurtak — a progressive Democrat.

“I am confident in my husband’s innocence, and I support him completely,” she said in a statement.

The Tampa Bay Times previously reported that FBI agents searched Burke’s home in the Seminole Heights neighborhood of Tampa in May 2023.

As part of the investigation, federal agents reportedly seized electronic devices and computers.

Burke previously worked at the Daily Beast and Gawker’s sports-themed website, Deadspin.

He is most known for posting sports video highlights and screenshots on social media.

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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