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Possible Coverup In Hacking Scandal

LONDON, Aug. 16 (UPI) — A letter released Tuesday by the panel probing Britain’s phone-hacking scandal raises new questions about a possible coverup, a panel member said.

Labor MP Tom Watson of the Commons culture, media and sport select committee called the 4-year-old letter written by News of the World’s former royal correspondent “absolutely devastating,” The Guardian reported.

Clive Goodman claims in the letter that phone hacking was “widely discussed” at News of the World’s editorial meetings until then-editor Andy Coulson banned further references to it.

Goodman sent the letter to a senior human resources executive to protest his dismissal for hacking the mobile phones of members of the royal family.

He wrote in the letter his actions “were carried out with the full knowledge and support” of personnel whose names the committee redacted.

Watson said both Rupert Murdoch and his son, James, should be recalled to the committee.

Committee chairman John Whittingdale told the BBC the letter appears to contradict some of the testimony given at its July hearing.

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