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Newly Published Letter Reveals Extent of News Corp. Hacking Cover-Up

Document implicates senior editors at 'News of the World'

Clive Goodman, 2006 | Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images

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The phone hacking scandal which has engulfed Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. had been relatively dormant over the past couple of weeks. But a letter revealed for the first time Tuesday is likely to blow the whole thing open again.

In the letter, which was sent by former News of the World editor Clive Goodman in 2007 shortly after he completed the short prison term he served after pleading guilty to hacking charges, he complains to the director of human resources for News Corp. subsidiary News International about his firing from the paper.

Goodman maintained that his firing was unjust because he'd acted with the "full knowledge and support" of senior News of the World employees that hacking had been openly discussed at editorial meetings until then-editor Andy Coulson, who went on to be a top aide to Prime Minister David Cameron, banned such talk, and that the paper's lawyer had promised him he'd get his job back if he didn't implicate his colleagues when pleading guilty. 

Details of the letter, which is being published by the parliamentary committee investigating the hacking, were first published by the Guardian's Nick Davies, the investigative reporter at the forefront of hacking coverage.