An explosive letter written by former News of The World correspondent Clive Goodman in 2007 is going to make things a lot more difficult for News International and News Corporation. In the letter, Goodman – who was fired from News of The World for hacking and then served four months in prison – complains about his dismissal to the paper’s human resources department.
But it’s not the typical complaints: Goodman claims that he shouldn’t have been fired because he only conducted phone hacking “with the full knowledge and support” of several senior News of The World editors, and that payoffs to private investigators were arraigned by senior officials as well. The Guardian reports that these allegations carry a lot of weight:
The letters from Goodman and from the London law firm Harbottle & Lewis are among a cache of paperwork published by the Commons culture, media and sport select committee. One committee member, the Labour MP Tom Watson, said Goodman’s letter was ‘absolutely devastating.’ He said: ‘Clive Goodman’s letter is the most significant piece of evidence that has been revealed so far. It completely removes News International’s defence. This is one of the largest cover-ups I have seen in my lifetime.’
If Goodman’s claims are true it’s going to lead to much more trouble for a company that is desperately trying to silence this scandal. It seems that the longer it goes on, the louder everything gets.