Goodman: Coulson asked me to admit I was a lone wolf
Former News of the World royal editor Clive Goodman has told the Old Bailey he was "hung out to dry" after his arrest. In a meeting with Andy Coulson, he said his boss allegedly tried to convince him to admit he was a "lone wolf".
Former News of the World royal editor, Clive Goodman, has told the Old Bailey he was "pretty cross" with Andy Coulson, News International and the News of the World but that faded by the time he got out of prison.
Explaining his feelings now, he said: "Purely in the interest of self-defence, I have had to say things which cause me some pain, really, to be honest. There it is, I have no choice.
Goodman, 56, of Addlestone, Surrey, denies conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office.
Coulson, 46, of Charing, Kent, denies conspiring to hack phones and commit misconduct in a public office.
All the other defendants in the case deny the allegations against them.
Former editor Andy Coulson "set up the payments to facilitate" phone hacking at the News of the World, it was claimed in court today by former royal editor Clive Goodman, who made the accusation against his old boss.
Goodman later described that he felt he was being "hung out to dry" after his arrest.
In a meeting with Coulson at a cafe in Wimbledon, south west London, he said his boss allegedly tried again to convince him to admit he was a "lone wolf" and had "gone off the reservation".
Former royal editor Clive Goodman told the phone hacking trial that ex-News of the World editor Andy Coulson saw a transcript of a hacked voicemail left by Prince Harry.
Goodman told the Old Bailey that he was first alerted to the prince's message by private detective Glenn Mulcaire in December 2005 and then listened to it himself and made a transcript, which he went on to show Coulson, redacting the names with X and Y.
Former News of the World royal editor Clive Goodman has told the hacking trial that he told former editor Andy Coulson in 2005 of a plan with private investigator Glenn Mulcaire to monitor the phones of three royal contacts.
Goodman said Mulcaire was paid through a special managerial budget, separate from the news editors' budget.
"I didn't set up the account," he told the court, "that was done by Andy Coulson."
Gooman said he understood "monitoring" to mean be contacting security.
A phone message from Prince William to Kate Middleton arranging for them to meet was intercepted by a private investigator working for the News of the World, the hacking trial was told today.
The message recorded by Glenn Mulcaire was of William arranging to leave Sandhurst to meet his then-girlfriend, the Old Bailey heard. It was found on a micro-cassette in former royal editor Clive Goodman's flat.
Goodman, 56, was asked about the recording during his third day in the witness box. His lawyer, David Spens QC, read out relevant parts of a police transcript on the tape dated February 23 2006.
In it, William says: "Hopefully I should be able to leave by seven at the latest."
Later in the message he repeats: "Planning on definitely coming out by sevenish so I will be with you by eight at the latest."
Former News of the World reporter Clive Goodman told the court he learned to protect his contacts after former editor Piers Morgan made a "shameful" decision to expose a former royal source in the 1990s.
Royal aide Ken Stronach had wanted the NotW to help him get a book deal for his life story. Instead, it was decided to do a story exposing him.
Mr Stronach was arrested, threatened with charges of theft of royal property and eventually released without charge and dismissed, he said.
Goodman said he was also "pulled up by the royal protection squad and threatened" with aiding and abetting. He said: "It was very, very nasty.
"What we did then was pretty discreditable. It was a pretty shameful thing to do."
Goodman said the incident taught him to protect his sources, even from colleagues, and secondly that it is "a dangerous world out there".
Former News of the World reporter Clive Goodman told the hacking trial today that some of his sources were members of the Royal Family.
Mr Goodman told the Old Bailey he had dozens of sources during his time as royal editor, only some of whom he paid.
Asked by his lawyer David Spens QC about the nature of his contacts, Goodman said: "Some worked for the Royal Family, some were friends of the Royal Family, indeed some were members of the Royal Family themselves."
The 56-year-old, of Addlestone, Surrey, who denies conspiring to commit misconduct in public office, was questioned in the witness box for a second day.