Reporter’s Letter Reveals Wide Knowledge of Phone Hacking at Murdoch’s Paper


August 17, 2011

Reporter’s Letter Reveals Wide Knowledge of Phone Hacking at Murdoch’s Paper

Clive Goodman, the former News of the World royal reporter who was jailed in 2007 for his role in phone hacking the British Royal family, has alleged in a letter; which was written by Goodman four years ago but published only on Tuesday, that there was a massive cover-up of phone hacking at the paper.
In Mr Goodman’s letter, which appealed against his dismissal from the paper for gross misconduct, he claims phone hacking was “widely discussed” at daily editorial conferences and that Andy Coulson, the paper’s former editor who later worked for British Prime Minister David Cameron, offered to let him keep his job if he agreed not to implicate the paper in phone hacking in court. He claims his own hacking was carried out with “the full knowledge and support” of other senior journalists. Their names have been redacted at the request of the Scotland Yard, which is investigating the scandal.
Goodman’s claims are particularly troubling for Prime Minister Cameron, who had hired Mr. Coulson as his media adviser on the basis that Coulson knew nothing about the phone hacking controversy when he worked at the NoW.
Rupert and James Murdoch are now faced with the humiliating prospect of being recalled to parliament to justify the evidence which they gave last month on the aftermath of Goodman’s allegations. In a separate letter, one of the Murdoch’s’ own law firms claim that parts of that evidence were variously “hard to credit”, “self-serving” and “inaccurate and misleading”.

Publisher: Salient News