Rupertgate Tuesday for August 16, 2011 - fresh allegations of widespread knowledge of phone-hacking at News Of The World and fresh contradictions to recent testimony by James Murdoch of an "isolated incident".
August 16, 2011

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Clive Goodman former Royals reporter for News Of The World - two versions of the same e-mail.


Amid speculations "the fuse is getting shorter", fresh allegations emerged today that uncovered documents prove the procedure of phone-hacking was widespread throughout News Of The World and knowledge of it was a routine topic of conversation among editorial staff and Newscorp/News International.

Centered around the controversy surrounding Clive Goodman, former Royals Reporter for News Of The World and his firing over phone-hacking, come new documents revealing there were two sets of the same e-mail from 2007 - the "official one" and the "real one", which included redacted portions carefully omitting reference to the subject of phone hacking routinely discussed at Editorial meetings and that Clive Goodman was not the isolated case and the "rogue reporter" as typified in testimony given by the Murdochs.

Although this comes as no surprise to anyone, the elements of proof coming out are offering substantiated horror rather than imagined speculation and that this scandal has legs and roots going very far back and not going away.

Curiously, there isn't much news to be had over here regarding our own set of investigations into the goings on at Newscorp/Fox. This could either mean a very large bomb is in the process of being constructed or the obstruction and cover-up are very much intertwined. Time will tell.

Here is the report today via BBC Radio 4's PM Program with Eddie Mair and an update via BBC Radio 4's Six O'clock News. Doubtless, more will be revealed in the coming hours/days.

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