Ex-reporter: Phone hacking 'widely discussed' at News of the World
Clive Goodman alleged that "other members of staff were carrying out the same illegal procedures" that he was arrested for.
August 16th, 2011
09:53 AM ET

Ex-reporter: Phone hacking 'widely discussed' at News of the World

Phone hacking was "widely discussed" at News of the World, the royal correspondent jailed and sacked for the practice wrote in 2007, documents released by a Parliament committee investigating the scandal revealed Tuesday.

The letter was among a string of documents released by Parliament's Culture, Media and Sport Committee, which is investigating the scandal.  The committee is likely to call News Corp. executive James Murdoch to testify before them again as they try to determine whether he misled them last month about phone hacking at the News of the World newspaper, member of Parliament Tom Watson said Tuesday. Both James and his father Rupert Murdoch and former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks, who previously edited News of the World, gave evidence to the committee last month.

James Murdoch ordered the closure of the News of the World, Britain's best-selling Sunday paper, in July in the face of allegations of illegal eavesdropping and police bribery by its employees. The scandal has led to the resignation of a number of senior police officers and executives at News International, the British arm of News Corp. which ran the newspaper.

The letter published Tuesday reveals that while fighting his dismissal from the paper, former royal correspondent Clive Goodman alleged that "other members of staff were carrying out the same illegal procedures."

He also wrote that "explicit reference" to phone hacking was "banned."

The copy of the letter published by lawmakers investigating the scandal blacks out the name of the person who banned it.

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  1. Hacking Man

    Cough. cough. knnnnnnnnnck, hack.

    August 16, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  2. Cult of Personality

    "News of the World..."...LOL...That was a GREAT Rock n' Roll Album by one of my all-time favorite Rock Bands of the 1970's – Queen – "News of the World..." WE WILL, WE WILL ROCK YOU !!!! WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS, WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS, NO TIME FOR LOSERS, 'CAUSE WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS...OF THE WORLD...!!!!! GREAT Songs...

    August 16, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  3. The Måd Råp3r

    Best. Letter. Ever. That noise you hear in the distance is the bell tolling for Poopert and the rest of his slovenly ilk.

    August 16, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    I'm shocked and appalled at these latest allegations.
    Well, no, not really.
    Is anyone really surprised?

    Queen ROCKS!
    RIP, Freddie Mercury.

    August 16, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    But aren't the Murdochs above the law?
    Why harass them? We are sure turning into bullies.
    Bet you guys that here in good ol' US of A, they would be treated the way they deserve- royality.

    Our law makers would make that sure.

    August 16, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. RUFFNUTT

    i hacked my power meter outside... it was easy i just pull it out and turn it upside down... fer half the month... last months electricity bill was 15$

    August 16, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |