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Editor testifies Princess Diana was palace mole

Phone Hacking Defendant Says Princess Diana Leaked Him Information

LONDON - A journalist on trial in Britain's phone hacking scandal testified Thursday that Princess Diana provided him with information on the royals, including a phone directory, as part of her feud with her estranged husband, Prince Charles.

Former News of the World royal editor Clive Goodman said Diana handed over the data after her separation from Charles, when she was going through a "very, very difficult time" and was looking for media support. Diana and Charles separated in 1992 and divorced four years later. She died in a Paris car crash in 1997.

Goodman said the 1992 phone directory that she sent to his newspaper office gave him numerous staff contacts and telephone numbers that were helpful in his reporting on the royal family.

"She told me she wanted me to see the scale of her husband's staff and household, compared with others," Goodman said. "She felt she was being swamped by people close to his household. She was looking for an ally to take him on - to show there were forces that would rage against him."

Goodman, 56, has been linked to the long-running phone hacking scandal since his first arrest in 2006 for suspected hacking into the voicemails of royal aides. He was briefly jailed in 2007. He is on trial now for two counts of alleged conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office, which he denies.

Rupert Murdoch shut down the News of the World tabloid in 2011 after the scope of the phone hacking scandal became known. Dozens of people have been arrested in the scandal, including former top Murdoch executives, and his company has paid out millions in compensation to victims.

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criterion29 March 15 2014 at 2:20 AM

she is dead , leave her alone , this is yellow ...

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knarf714 March 14 2014 at 3:32 PM

She was paid to breed two male children, she did her job. She's dead...let her RIP.

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t.toga March 14 2014 at 2:55 PM

Admired Diana's spunk, she did what she felt she had to do in light of the situation she found her self in - a loveless arranged marriage. The shame of this arrangement fell on Charles, whose backbone was absent in entertaining marrying someone he did not, clearly, love or respect.

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Diana t.toga March 14 2014 at 3:04 PM

You are right, Charles had and has no backbone, he had to do what Mummy told him.

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CMOOSEMEAT March 14 2014 at 2:53 PM

U r absolutelt right CMCUPPS

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cmcupps March 14 2014 at 2:35 PM

why can't they leave Princess Diana alone? Why must they dig and dig til they find the smallest piece of dirt? Please let the poor woman rest in peace!

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margaret cmcupps March 14 2014 at 3:23 PM

Because, she representED Cinderella, she married the would be King !!! We needed then -- as we did now-- to belierve in PURE love, Beauty, for ever Happiness ... etc., etc ... But we forgot that the future KING is a perfect idiot,

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mcager margaret March 14 2014 at 3:48 PM

Yes, the future king is quite a fool. Diana out-classed him so much.

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royjoneswolf62 March 14 2014 at 2:12 PM

It's very easy to blame dead people. They can't deny anything.

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Rachel March 15 2014 at 3:44 AM

Sure, throw her under the bus when she's already dead and can't defend herself..what a douche bag..

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ford46039x March 14 2014 at 12:39 PM

Sure, typical journalist condemn a person when they aren't around to defend themselves. A statement(rumor) will not be allowed when it can't be proven, so why say it. Lets dig and bring up rumors about this journalist true or false and see if defamation of character pops up. Just turn the tv off for a week and your blood preasure will go down, I guarantee it.

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dancemom1 March 14 2014 at 10:54 AM

Sure, blame a woman who is not around to call you a liar. This is disgusting, even for a journalist!

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bienhoa72alum March 14 2014 at 10:53 AM

It's been almost 17 years since Diana died in that car crash. Does it really matter that she gave out a couple of phone numbers prior to that? Can't we just allow her to Rest In Peace?

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psalms91canopy bienhoa72alum March 14 2014 at 11:24 AM

Not if she was murdered the truth needs to be told . Everything thatsdone in secret will come to the light one day , no sin go un punisher

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Ken psalms91canopy March 14 2014 at 11:33 AM

she was murdered. the truth will be known some day. more people are waking up a little at a time. one day we will expose the grand illusion and be truly free. keep up the good work!

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