The new ownership of The Wall Street Journal is having an impact in the newspaper’s legal department. Stuart Karle, vice president and general counsel of the Journal since 1992, was asked to leave on Thursday.

Reached by phone Friday afternoon, Karle declined to comment on the reasons he was given, and would only say that “I’ve had a spectacularly good time” helping the Journal achieve and defend its high level of journalism. Future plans are uncertain, he said.

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