Bloomberg puts reporter suspected of leak on unpaid leave
Bloomberg L.P. has put a reporter suspected of leaking news about a controversial China story on unpaid leave, Keith Kelly of The New York Post has learned.
Kelly writes, “Michael Forsthye was escorted from Bloomberg’s Hong Kong office on Nov. 14, sources said, after he was fingered as the person who leaked embarrassing claims about how the news and data giant spiked a story that could have angered leaders in China.
“An unidentified journalist, in a story in the New York Times Nov. 9, claimed Matt Winkler, editor-in-chief of Bloomberg News, spiked the story because he feared angering the Chinese government could get the company’s profitable data terminals kicked out of the country.
“Winkler has strenuously denied the charge.
“Forsthye has been placed on unpaid leave of absence, sources said.”
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