News of the World Editor Had a Good Reason for Listening to Prince Harry’s Voice Mails

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Andy Coulson, the former editor of News of the World and current communications aide for British Prime Minister David Cameron, made a point of personally listening to the hundreds of private recordings of athletes and royals that the Rupert Murdoch–owned newspaper has been under fire for illegally obtaining, a former employee at the paper told the U.K.'s Channel 4. "Sometimes, they would say: 'We've got a recording' and Andy would say: 'OK, bring it into my office and play it to me' or 'Bring me, email me a transcript of it'."


"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."

See? He was being responsible.

Phone-hacking scandal: Andy Coulson 'listened to intercepted messages' [Guardian]