The anonymous Fox News "mole" who agreed to write about the inside workings of Fox News Channel for the media and gossip website Gawker identified himself after getting fired, reports TVNewser.
The mole is Joe Muto, an eight-year employee of Fox News who worked as an associate producer on "The O’Reilly Factor," the story notes.
Writing on Gawker, Muto noted, "Two hours ago I was called into a meeting with Dianne Brandi, the Fox News Executive Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs, and suspended indefinitely … with pay, oddly enough.
"They nailed me."
Muto said his digital trail gave his identity away to Fox News, since his employer found out that someone with his login had accessed the two videos he had provided to Gawker. "They couldn’t prove it entirely, but I was pretty much the only suspect," Muto wrote.
"Two nice gentlemen from security escorted me to my desk to pack up my stuff, and it was pretty obvious at that point that I would not be setting foot back into 1211 Avenue of the Americas again," he added.
Fox News confirmed Muto’s firing Wednesday night. A Fox News spokesperson issued the following statement: “Joe Muto is fired effective April 12. Once the network determined that Mr. Muto was the main culprit in less than 24 hours, he was suspended late today while we pursued concurrent avenues. We are continuing to explore legal recourse against Mr. Muto and possibly others.”
As previously reported, Muto had agreed to provide regular dispatches from inside Fox News after he became troubled by the cable news company’s approach to news.