Matthew Keys, the Reuters editor who isunder indictment for his alleged collaboration with the Anonymous hacking group, was fired on Monday.
Keys himself tweeted the news. He had already been suspended as the wire service's deputy social media editor. He has been accused of providing Anonymous with information that helped it hack into the Tribune company's servers.
Keys did not say exactly why he was fired, though he told someone it was "not correct" to say that he was let go in connection with his indictment. He did say that he would be fighting the dismissal:
The decision by Reuters came days after Keys found himself the subject of controversy for his tweeting during the Boston bombing crisis. He was criticized for, among other things, tweeting information from police scanners that turned out to be wrong.
Keys defended his actions in a Facebook post, saying he had stopped once he saw reports that police were warning journalists not to tweet from the scanner.