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Elite’s hypocrisy—they are the real criminals

Issue No. 2265

Just as MPs hoped they could hide behind the media frenzy over riots, the hacking scandal has returned with a vengeance.

As Socialist Worker went to press, fresh evidence emerged showing that News of the World executives were well aware of phone hacking.

A letter written four years ago by former News of the World royal correspondent Clive Goodman was published on Tuesday.

It said that phone hacking was “widely discussed” at editorial meetings—until former News of the World editor Andy Coulson banned references to it.

Critically it says that Coulson, and the paper’s lawyer Tom Crone, offered to let Goodman keep his job if he agreed not to implicate the paper in hacking in court.

Implicate

It says, “Tom Crone and the editor promised on many occasions that I could come back to a job at the newspaper if I did not implicate the paper or any of its staff in my mitigation plea.”

This means that Coulson induced Goodman to mislead the court.

Andy Coulson is the man who David Cameron chose to give a “second chance” by hiring him as his “communications adviser”.

Parliament could now recall Rupert and James Murdoch to give further evidence. But the net is also closing around Cameron.


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