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News Corp. Whistleblower Found Dead

Reported by Ellen - July 18, 2011 -

Foul play is not currently suspected, authorities say, in the death of the whistleblower who was the first to link Andy Coulson to the phone hacking scandal. Coulson, who went on to become an aide to Prime Minister David Cameron, was forced to resign and was later arrested for his role in the News Corp. scandal.

but in addition to the eyebrow-raising timing, what's interesting to me is that the whistleblower said the hacking also occurred at News Corporation's The Sun paper. I had thought allegations of hacking had been limited to the now-closed News of the World paper. Also, Hoare was the first to link Andy Coulson to the scandal.

From The Guardian:

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.

...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.

Besides the suspicious timing, what's also interesting to me is that Hoare says hacking occurred at another News Corp. paper, The Sun. Until now, I thought only News Corp.'s News of the World (which ceased publication as a casualty of the scandal) had been implicated.

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