LONDON, March 19 The former royal editor at
Rupert Murdoch's now defunct News of the World title told a
London court on Wednesday senior figures at News Corp.'s British
newspaper arm put pressure on him to take the flak for
phone-hacking to protect others.
Clive Goodman, who was jailed in 2007 for illegally
accessing the voicemails of mobile phones belonging to senior
aides to Britain's royal family, said News International
bosses had said after his arrest executives wanted him
to be the "lone wolf".
After the practice was revealed in 2007, News International
stated publicly and in parliament that phone-hacking was limited
to Goodman, who was described as a rogue reporter, and a private
detective, Glenn Mulcaire, who worked for the paper.
However, police investigations were re-opened in 2011 and
two former News of the World editors - Rebekah Brooks, who had
become News International's chief executive, and Andy Coulson -
are now on trial accused of conspiracy to hack phones. They both
deny all wrongdoing.
Five others, including Goodman, are also in the dock for a
variety of offences and the trial continues.
(Reporting by Michael Holden; editing by Kate Holton)