Murdoch lied in phone hacking scandal


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From The Guardian daily in Britain:

Phone hacking: News of the World reporter’s letter reveals cover-up

Disgraced royal correspondent Clive Goodman’s letter says phone hacking was ‘widely discussed’ at NoW meetings

Read Clive Goodman’s letter to News International

Nick Davies

Tuesday 16 August 2011 12.34 BST

Rupert Murdoch, James Murdoch and their former editor Andy Coulson all face embarrassing new allegations of dishonesty and cover-up after the publication of an explosive letter written by the News of the World‘s disgraced royal correspondent, Clive Goodman.

In the letter, which was written four years ago but published only on Tuesday, Goodman claims that phone hacking was “widely discussed” at editorial meetings at the paper until Coulson himself banned further references to it; that Coulson offered to let him keep his job if he agreed not to implicate the paper in hacking when he came to court; and that his own hacking was carried out with “the full knowledge and support” of other senior journalists, whom he named.

The claims are acutely troubling for the prime minister, David Cameron, who hired Coulson as his media adviser on the basis that he knew nothing about phone hacking. And they confront Rupert and James Murdoch 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 Murdochs‘ own law firms claim that parts of that evidence were variously “hard to credit”, “self-serving” and “inaccurate and misleading”.

Goodman’s claims also raise serious questions about Rupert Murdoch‘s close friend and adviser, Les Hinton, who was sent a copy of the letter but failed to pass it to police and who then led a cast of senior Murdoch personnel in telling parliament that they believed Coulson knew nothing about the interception of the voicemail of public figures and that Goodman was the only journalist involved.

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11 thoughts on “Murdoch lied in phone hacking scandal

  1. Hollywood editor in hacking arrest

    MEDIA: The News of the World’s former US editor was being questioned today over phone hacking at the axed tabloid.

    James Desborough, who won a British Press Award in 2009, was arrested by appointment at a south London police station, sources said.

    He is being quizzed over voicemail interceptions alleged to have taken place before his move from London to LA, those close to the investigation added.

    http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/index.php/news/content/view/full/108399

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