Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Hacking Coverup Begins to Unravel

TPM is reporting that the phone hacking at the Murdoch papers in Britain wasn’t the works of just a few rogue reporters but was known about by the people running the late News Of The World.

The UK Parliament has published a bombshell of a letter from convicted News Of The World phone hacker Clive Goodman that alleges that the practice was not only “widely discussed” among senior staff and editors at the tabloid, but that then-editor Andy Coulson tried to cover-up the extent of the practice.


Goodman, who was convicted along with private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, argues in his letter that his firing was “perverse” because the payments to Mulcaire were made with the “full knowledge and support” of other members of the NOTW staff. The names of the specific staff members — other than Tom Crone, then the legal manager for NOTW — have been redacted by Scotland Yard, pending their investigation.

Goodman also calls his firing “inconsistent” because “other members of staff were carrying out the same illegal procedures.”

“This practice was widely discussed in the daily editorial conference,” he continues, “until explicit reference to it was banned by the Editor,” who was then Andy Coulson. “As far as I am aware, no other member of staff has faced disciplinary action, much less dismissal.”

Just like all elaborate schemes, all it takes is one thread to be pulled and it all comes crashing down.