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Ex-tabloid royal editor: I hacked Kate Middleton 155 times


LONDON (AP) -- The former royal editor of the News of the World said Wednesday that he repeatedly hacked the voicemails of Prince William, Prince Harry and Kate Middleton in the months before he was arrested for illegal eavesdropping in 2006.

Clive Goodman told Britain's phone hacking trial that he listened to Middleton's voicemails 155 times, Prince William's 35 times and Prince Harry's nine times.

Goodman was briefly jailed in 2007, along with private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, for hacking the phones of royal aides. But Goodman said police and prosecutors never asked him whether he had also targeted members of the royal family.

"I have been as open and honest about hacking as I can be, but nobody has asked me any questions about this before," said Goodman, 56.

Former Reporter Hacked Kate Middleton's Phone 155 Times

Earlier in the trial the jury was read transcripts of intercepted phone messages between William and Kate from the days when they were courting. She became the Duchess of Cambridge when they married in 2011.

Goodman said Kate was first targeted in late 2005, when she was becoming "a figure of increasing importance around the royal family."

"There were discussions about her and Prince William marrying, moving in, settling down," he said. "She started to receive semi royal status and things were moving on."

Goodman and six others - including ex-News of the World editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson - are on trial over wrongdoing at Rupert Murdoch's British tabloids. Murdoch shut down the News of the World in 2011 after evidence emerged that its staff had hacked the phones of celebrities, politicians and even a kidnapped 13-year-old girl.

The defendants deny all the charges.

Goodman returned to the witness box on Wednesday after a two-month break due to ill health. Judge John Saunders told the jury that a medical expert had declared the former journalist fit to continue giving evidence.

Goodman is not charged with hacking phones, but of conspiring to pay officials for royal phone directories.

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zosostar May 14 2014 at 5:49 PM

These are not Human Beings that do this, and so many other Crimes today! We used to Hang a Horse Thief ourselves! It was legal! It should be again! Track the Horse, catch thief, walk Horse over to a suitable tree limb with the Thief still on the Horse he Stole. Throw a rope over the limb, put the Hangman`s Noose around his neck! Slap horse on ass! Send one guy to get the Horse, one guy to fix the fence he broke! Everybody is home by supper! That`s how you stop Snakes! Cut their heads off! Now! Chop these guys Heads off! Then see if it happen`s again? If it does, next step. Put the Chopping Block in the Center of town! This should work! Now in Italy, we just feed them to the Hogs! That always works to stop Morons!

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leontherat zosostar May 14 2014 at 6:17 PM

very true. just like our computer information should be able to be limited by the user and not be targeted by google,or any other to be solicited to or our info given away without our say so. there needs to be lines drawn that we are able to retain control of personal info unless a request each time is approved by us.

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mrgreenf May 14 2014 at 7:51 PM

In August, 1984 I was in Victoria train station waiting to board a train for Dover. As I walked around out of nowere an aristocratic looking Englishman of about 60 passed by me pissed off as all hell and saying: Britain, once the home of freedom and liberty has gone fascist. I was at first puzzled but later the meaning of that gradually began to sink in since in the United States things are no diifferent than they were there in London.

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EzinWy May 14 2014 at 8:00 PM

Whew ... I thought the story was going to be that he bedded her.

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hckguzman EzinWy May 14 2014 at 9:17 PM


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Tamara EzinWy May 14 2014 at 10:49 PM

Dayumm,or at least some juicy gossip? Yawn!

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i12cae May 14 2014 at 8:08 PM

Piers Moron of CNN was involved in this too,he fled the U.K and his role in the 13yr old girls case, He needs to go home and face the judge.

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Walter May 14 2014 at 8:31 PM

who really cares the british are all messed up, think there **** doesn't stink

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jjerrbberr02 Walter May 14 2014 at 8:51 PM

And how are YOU any different?

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ohioh111b111y Walter May 14 2014 at 9:34 PM

Walter: they dont ***** so how could it stink?

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Tamara ohioh111b111y May 14 2014 at 10:47 PM

LMAO! Good way to state it!

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hi les May 14 2014 at 8:38 PM

i wonder who is the biggest low life the one who hacks or the one that reads his stuff.it's ashamed people waste their time in someone elses life. sad

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Welcome Fely hi les May 14 2014 at 9:12 PM

The welfare receipients.

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FCI Fincl Serv May 14 2014 at 9:08 PM

Royals- the world's most blatant welfare cases!

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diamondlady2000 May 14 2014 at 9:17 PM

Since this seems so easy to do, why isn't anything being done about it???

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macsportsvt May 14 2014 at 9:18 PM

Lock the little swine up and fine him several thound pounds Sterling. Unprincipalled little toad.

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ohioh111b111y macsportsvt May 14 2014 at 9:34 PM

Lock: the US govt is doing this to citizens these days.... how we gonna lock all of ours up?

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xanadutu ohioh111b111y May 14 2014 at 10:58 PM

OOOOHIGHOOOO - Did ''little johnny boneher'' tell you to post that???

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KatiaOne May 14 2014 at 10:21 PM

Another illustration of how corrupt, amoral and dangerous the media and journalists (so-called, both) are to the security and safety of the people they abuse, violate and stalk. It's hugh time, for both to be monitored and edited, the way they DO to those they intrude upon.
We SHOULD be wary of the media and journalists, as they are insinuating their tactics to control our thinking and environment with every print and word. They accuse those who are aware and concerned (rightfully so) about their monitoring and editing of "being tin-foil hatters who are paranoid" because they wish to deflect from the truth...which is...media has gone too far...and WE should be concerned about what media is doing...all you need to do is LISTEN to the bend, twist and lean of so-called newscasters and read the publications they spew out, to understand what is going on. Be aware...and keep your OWN thinking...instead of allowing yourself to be controlled and led by media of any variety. What do you think?

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