Rupert Murdoch's Inside Man

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The scandal-embroiled News Corp. head has a highly-connected staffer dealing with his hacking probe.

When Rupert Murdoch picks someone to do a job, apparently he picks the cream of the crop. 

Viet Dinh, the man New Corp.'s CEO tapped to oversee the company's internal investigation of illegal hacking and anti-competitive advertising activities, not only co-authored the Patriot Act and was assistant attorney general during part of the Bush administration, he is also a Harvard and Harvard Law School grad, former clerk of Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, and currently teaches corporate law at Georgetown University Law Center, reports Time

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Another qualifier? He happens to be good friends with Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, who is head of the U.S. investigation of News Corp. They met while both attended Harvard. 

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"He's been my best friend through Whitewater and through impeachment and through the USA Patriot Act, and God knows what kind of hurt he took from his Democratic friends," Dinh said of Bharara (who was also the best man at his wedding) during a Time profile in 2007.

But, the men say their closeness will not affect the case. “There have been no discussions between Professor Dinh and Mr. Bharara on the matter," a spokesman for Dinh told the newsmagazine in a statement. 

Dinh was made an independent board member of News Corp. in 2004 after meeting Murdoch a year earlier.