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News of the World phone hacking whistleblower found dead

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News of the World phone hacking whistleblower found dead

Post by Guest on 18.07.11 18:16

News of the World phone hacking whistleblower found dead

Death of Sean Hoare – who was first named journalist to allege Andy Coulson knew of hacking – not being treated as suspicious

Sean Hoare, the former News of the World showbiz reporter who was the first named journalist to allege Andy Coulson was aware of phone hacking by his staff, has been found dead, the Guardian has learned.

Hoare, who worked on the Sun and the News of the World with Coulson before being dismissed for drink and drugs problems, is said to have been found dead at his Watford home.

Hertfordshire police would not confirm his identity, but the force said in a statement: "At 10.40am today [Monday 18 July] police were called to Langley Road, Watford, following the concerns for welfare of a man who lives at an address on the street. Upon police and ambulance arrival at a property, the body of a man was found. The man was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after.

"The death is currently being treated as unexplained, but not thought to be suspicious. Police investigations into this incident are ongoing."

Hoare first made his claims in a New York Times investigation into the phone-hacking allegations at the News of the World.

He told that newspaper that not only did Coulson know of the phone-hacking, but that he actively encouraged his staff to intercept the phone calls of celebrities in the pursuit of exclusives.

In a subsequent interview with the BBC he alleged that he was personally asked by his then-editor, Coulson, to tap into phones. In an interview with the PM programme he said Coulson's insistence that he didn't know about the practice was "a lie, it is simply a lie".

At the time a Downing Street spokeswoman said Coulson totally and utterly denied the allegations and said he had "never condoned the use of phone-hacking and nor do I have any recollection of incidences where phone-hacking took place".

Sean Hoare, a one-time close friend of Coulson's, told the New York Times the two men first worked together at the Sun, where, Hoare said, he played tape recordings of hacked messages for Coulson. At the News of the World, Hoare said he continued to inform Coulson of his activities. Coulson "actively encouraged me to do it," Hoare said.

In September last year he was interviewed under caution by police over his claims that the former Tory communications chief asked him to hack into phones when he was editor of the paper, but declined to make any comment.

Hoare emerged back into the spotlight last week, after he told the New York Times that reporters at the News of the World were able to use police technology to locate people using their mobile phone signals in exchange for payments to police officers.

He said journalists were able to use a technique called 'pinging' which measured the distance between mobile handsets and a number of phone masts to pinpoint its location.

Hoare gave further details about the use of 'pinging' to the Guardian last week. He described how reporters would ask a news desk executive to obtain the location of a target: "Within 15 to 30 minutes someone on the news desk would come back and say 'right that's where they are.'"

He said: "You'd just go to the news desk and they'd just come back to you. You don't ask any questions. You'd consider it a job done. The chain of command is one of absolute discipline and what's why I never bought into, like with Andy saying he wasn't aware of it and all that. That's bollocks."

He said he would stand by everything he had told the New York Times about 'pinging'. "I don't know how often it happened. That would be wrong of me. But if I had access as a humble reporter … ."

He admitted he had had problems with drink and drugs and had been in rehab. "But that's irrelevant," he said. "There's more to come. This is not going to go away."

Hoare named a private investigator who he said had links with the News of the World, adding: "He may want to talk now because I think what you'll find now is a lot of people are going to want to cover their arse."

Speaking to another Guardian journalist st last week, Hoare repeatedly expressed the hope that the hacking scandal would lead to journalism in general being cleaned up and said he had decided to blow the whistle on the activities of some of his former News of the World colleagues with that aim in mind.

He also said he has been injured at a party the previous weekend while taking down a marquee erected for a children's party. He said he had broken his nose and badly injured his foot when a relative accidentally struck him with a heavy pole from the marquee.

Hoare also emphasised that he was not making any money from telling his story. Hoare, who has been treated for drug and alcohol problems, reminisced about partying with former pop stars and said he missed the days when he was able to go out on the town.


http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/jul/18/news-of-the-world-sean-hoare
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Re: News of the World phone hacking whistleblower found dead

Post by Guest on 18.07.11 18:17

ExNOTWjourno2 Marie X
RIP Sean.. Now i'm really going to go for the jugular. M
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Maybe the inquest will be required.. M
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Re: News of the World phone hacking whistleblower found dead

Post by Guest on 18.07.11 18:30

Sean Hoare, the former News of the World showbiz reporter who was the first named journalist to allege Andy Coulson was aware of phone hacking by his staff, has been found dead, the Guardian has learned.

Just reminded me of Dr David Kelly.
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Re: News of the World phone hacking whistleblower found dead

Post by Guest on 18.07.11 18:41

ExNOTWjourno2 Marie X
This situation has spiralled out of control. I will ensure the people behind this pay. M
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I Don't Feel I Can Continue.. Sean would want me too... This isn't right possums. :-( M
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Re: News of the World phone hacking whistleblower found dead

Post by Guest on 18.07.11 18:55

Hertfordshire police told the Guardian: "The death is currently being treated as unexplained, but not thought to be suspicious. Police investigations into this incident are ongoing."
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Re: News of the World phone hacking whistleblower found dead

Post by Guest on 18.07.11 19:10

Apparently Mr Hoare made fresh allegations against the News of the World last week in the New York Times.
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Post by lj on 18.07.11 19:11


Hoare named a private investigator who he said had links with the News of the World, adding: "He may want to talk now because I think what you'll find now is a lot of people are going to want to cover their arse."

The mystery private investigator??

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Re: News of the World phone hacking whistleblower found dead

Post by Guest on 19.07.11 10:12

candyfloss wrote:
Death of Sean Hoare – not being treated as suspicious

People who know about Dr David Kelly's death, will never accept this was suicide.

Now is a good time to pop a few people off it seems, as anything connected to Hackergate will just be swept under the carpet.
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Re: News of the World phone hacking whistleblower found dead

Post by ROSA on 19.07.11 10:21

They call him a whistleblower so if you tell the truth it can kill you
Very sad
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Post by ROSA on 19.07.11 10:31

How old is Sean Hoare?
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Another whistleblower bites the dust

Post by Marian on 19.07.11 12:39

Rosa: according to Wikipedia he was born in 1963 or 1964 so he was around 47 or 48.
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Re: News of the World phone hacking whistleblower found dead

Post by ROSA on 19.07.11 12:55

Thankyou Marian
He is not old
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Now Two Murdoch Whistleblowers Dead

Post by sneakinthebackdoor on 20.07.11 16:58

I've just seen this posted on twitter by JillyCL http://beforeitsnews.com/story/837/232/Now_Two_Murdoch_Whistleblowers_Dead.html

Now Two Murdoch Whistleblowers Dead

By John Romano

(YBH) – First it was Big George Webley who relayed a fear for his life and wound up dead. Now it’s Sean Hoare. Two British media whistleblowers. Two untimely deaths.

Let’s assume that neither was killed by Rupert Murdoch (toxicology reports haven’t been made available; foul play isn’t suspected by British authorities in either case), but something happened that put the fear of God into both men. Neither was known as a lunatic before their demise, both simply told the truth to British authorities about what they knew of Mr. Murdoch’s enterprises and died afterward at a relatively young age.

Mr. Hoare’s role in the evolving scandal is obvious: he worked at News of the World and broke the scandal wide open by charging his former editor, and then Prime Minister David Cameron’s Communications Director Andy Coulson, with lying about his role in NOTW’s phone hacking.

Big George, for his part, allegedly revealed in private testimony to British authorities the fact that the Sky TV show he worked on in the early 90′s ,”Jameson Tonight”, had routinely bugged the dressing rooms of guests looking for scoops. Mr Webley’s charge was relevant because News Corp.’s initial defense was that the hacking at NOTW was the work of a rogue reporter. Big George’s charge threw cold water on that defense by helping to establish a pattern of subterfuge over many years at Murdoch-owned enterprises.

At first, Big George’s April 29th frantic phone call to me (eight days before his death at age 53, details here) didn’t make much sense. Now that the scandal has broken wide open a few things are much clearer:

The hacking/bugging taking place at News Corp. businesses was far more widespread than previously known.
Based on their dismissals from News Corp. it is shown that the hacking went far up the food chain all the way to Les Hinton, who resigned as head of Dow Jones last week.
The police were involved, as evidenced by the resignation of two of Scotland Yard’s top cops.
Prime Minister David Cameron’s Communication Director was a former Murdoch employee and News of the World editor.
The United Kingdom is the closest western country to a de facto police state. Surveillance cameras are everywhere. No Bill of Rights (in law or practice), and by living there you acknowledge that you are a subject of the British Crown. Britain is a great place, but it is not exactly a place where freedom flourishes compared with the United States, France or Canada.

Given the above, it is very easy to envision a scenario where the police could and would build a campaign of quiet intimidation against men like Mr. Webley and Mr. Hoare. London police were on the payroll of a Murdoch enterprise; why wouldn’t they act to protect their racket?

The Murdoch empire is fighting for its life, but let’s not forget both Sean Hoare and Big George Webley, two men that it would seem either directly or indirectly are collateral damage in the whole affair. Someone needs to speak for them.
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Re: News of the World phone hacking whistleblower found dead

Post by Guest on 20.07.11 19:25

Thanks for that, sneakinthebackdoor, a very strange coincidence? Although I think George Webley had had a heart attack some years ago it makes you wonder doesn't it, both dying within a short space of time, with all this hacking coming out now.

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