View private wordpress posts using simplepie

using simplepie to access private posts.

i am still learming wordpress, and am using one category, ‘testomonials’ for customer feedback.

i want this category to remain private, so no entries appear in my blog.

However, i want to access the posts within this category using simplepie, to show within my site.

I have created a link to my wordpress feed and filtered it by category, but no posts will show if they are marked as private.
As soon as they are public, I get my posts ok.

??

Never mind, i’ve done it with mySQL and php for now, would still like a simplepie solution tho’