Clive Goodman claims phone hacking “widely discussed”

A new letter has been published today from Clive Goodman stating that phone hacking was discussed at editorial meetings.

Former Royal Editor of the now defunct News of the World wrote in a letter regarding his dismissal from the paper that certain members of staff had “full knowledge” and gave “support” regarding phone hacking. Goodman was convicted in 2007 for intercepting voicemail messages of staff working for the Royal Household.

The letter which has been published by The Guardian comes in the wake of Rupert Murdoch, his son James and Rebekah Brooks appearance before the Culture Media and Sport Select Committee last month. All three have insisted that they did not know what was going on at the paper.

The Guardian has redacted some names so not to undermine Operation Weeting which is currently ongoing. The Goodman states that other members of staff were also carrying out the “same illegal procedures”. It also reveals that he was still employed by News of the World and used for information on some Royal stories. “Throughout my suspension, i was given book serialisations to write and was consulted on several occasions about royal stories they needed to check. The paper continued to employ me for a substantial part of my custodial sentence. ” – Clive Goodman letter

The letter, which was written in 2007 was addressed to News International Group Human Resources Director Daniel Cloke.