Former News of the World Executive: Andy Coulson Listened to Hacked Voicemails Himself

More than a month after The New York Times Magazine story about phone-hacking at Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World, the British press is still flushing out the details. British Channel Four talked to a former News of the World executive who said that former editor Andy Coulson had direct knowledge of all phone-hacking at the newspaper.

The source told Channel Four (from The Guardian):

“He was very conscientious and he wouldn’t let stories pass unless he was sure they were correct … so, if the evidence that a reporter had was a recorded phone message, that would be what Andy would know about.”

“So you’d have to say: ‘Yes, there’s a recorded message.’ You go and either play it to him or show him a transcript of it, in order to satisfy him that you weren’t going to get sued, that it wasn’t made up.”

Mr. Coulson, who is now a communications adviser to Prime Minister David Cameron, said that he couldn’t remember any instance of phone-hacking during his time at the newspaper during testimony to the House of Commons in 2009. 

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