#AceUKNews – LONDON – April 16 – (BBC) – Andy Coulson has revealed for the first time that he did listen to private voicemail messages relating to former home secretary David Blunkett.
The ex-News of the World editor said that when he did so in August 2004 it was “the first and the only time
voicemail messages were played to me”.
He told the hacking trial he now knew the material “was the product of an illegal act”, but was not aware then.
Mr Coulson, 46, denies the charges against him.
He is accused of conspiracy to hack phones and conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office.
Mr Coulson, who became Downing Street director of communications after leaving the News of the World, is testifying at the Old Bailey for a third day.
He was also asked about using the phrase “do his phone” in an email, which he said was not a reference to hacking TV celebrity Calum Best’s mobile phone but was in relation to an inquiry into a reporter at the paper.
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