Phone Hacking Scandal Turns Tragic: NOTW Whistleblower Found Dead

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The Guardian reveals a stunning development in the NOTW phone hacking aka MurdochGate case: "News of the World phone hacking whistleblower found dead: 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." For now there appears to be no evidence of foul play... for now: "The death is currently being treated as unexplained, but not thought to be suspicious. Police investigations into this incident are ongoing." Alas, as the full scale of this scandal unravels we are worried that this may be just the first of many tragic conclusions to what is rapidly becoming the biggest media scandal of the 21st century.

From The Guardian:

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.

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.

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Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Well it looks like the scandal will soon be over. They are now cleaning up all the loose ends.

It's all straight out of the book, in this case on page 68.

nope-1004's picture

All individuals who have something of value to bring down the Elite Overlords face an "unexplained" fate.

I only see this type of thing intensifying, as the power hungry elites fall one by one.


Ahmeexnal's picture

It was clearly suicide. He chainsawed his own head off and then placed it on top of his Aston Martin.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Am I admitting that I'm a sick bastard if I say that was fooking funny?

francis_sawyer's picture

as long as you don't say you "laughed your head off"...

knukles's picture

Yes, but so what?
The heart of the matter is after he did the drill suggested above, how'd his head get on top of the Aston Martin?
Did he have enough taste to match the paint job, not clash with it?"
Not get any of the mess make it's way onto the Real Corinthian Leather?

Amazing.  Every time something like this happens, which always fucking happens when its a tres sensitive subject, close to touching the centers of power, embarrassing their asses, getting them expelled for the cycle of robbery....

...the dude/dudette is always found dead.

And nobody ever fucking questions this amazing pattern of happenstance.  Ever.

Like all the tapes, photos, films, copies just up and fucking vanish.  Every.  Fucking.  Time.

Even the BBC's "tapes" twice announcing the fall of WTC&, with WTC& still standing in the background were said to be misplaced.
Has anybody fucking figured out that there were no tapes to misplace?  They're digital in that day and age?  And then they found 'em again.  "Digitally remastered" I guess.

The magnitude of the lies is astounding.  But no more so that the magnitude of the acceptance of the lies by the sheeple.

War is peace, etc.

francis_sawyer's picture

correction... "War is PEAS" 

IQ 145's picture

 I'm sure it's just an innocent co-incidence.

Freddie's picture

Sounds like your work or worked at Mi5/Mi6 abd know the drill.   Sorry governor - you are hereby suicided.

Stoploss's picture

He was probably suicided.

chumbawamba's picture

OH JEEZ, don't be such a cynic!

I am Chumbawamba.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture


You need to hang around more often so people get a hang of your sarcasm. Either that or people just reflexively junk you.

Or both.

dogbreath's picture



Its just a few of Robo's fans who a bored.

JimBowie1958's picture

One might say that blowing the whistle on the PTB is a form of suicide, so its not too cynical at all.

tbone654's picture

I don't laugh much these days...  but I would have spit out my teeth on that one, if they (my teeth) weren't so firmly attached...

jus_lite_reading's picture

The SHIT is really hitting the FAN now!!! EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF!!!


MarketTruth's picture

This is expected.

Go visit to see how many bodies the Clintons have racked up.

fiftybagger's picture

Or LBJ and his string of bodies.  Or that black woman who accused GWB of rape in Texas.  Or a few of Barry's close "friends"

Dugald's picture

Thank you for the link, most interesting...!

francis_sawyer's picture

So was it:

- Col Mustard in the library with a candlestick?


- Lee Harvey in the book depository with a rifle?

SmoothCoolSmoke's picture

Shaun Hannity and Bill O'Reilly in the Green Room with a mic cord.

Got to stop this thing from getting to Faux News et al.

williambanzai7's picture

I think it was Colonel Gadaffi in the mudroom.

Zero Govt's picture

it was Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg in the corner with the pointy D hat on 

francis_sawyer's picture

Barry in the Situation Room with the teleprompter...

oddjob's picture

It was Linda Green with a pen in every room.

Zero Govt's picture

it was Business Minister Vince Cable in the glasshouse with the chip on his shoulder and the monkey on his back

Urban Roman's picture

He was so remorseful and depressed that he hung himself by one heel and slit both wrists after shooting himself in the back and head about six times.

tip e. canoe's picture

Vince Foster in the park with an olive branch.

A Man without Qualities's picture

As tragic as it sounds, I don't think there is anything suspicious.  Firstly, there are probably dozens who know as much if not more than he did.  Secondly, it was clear he was in a downward spiral, with serious drug and alcohol problems.  I wonder if he went on a binge to celebrate the downfall, but he overdosed.  


francis_sawyer's picture

Oh... So it was Norma Jean in the hotel room with the meds... Glad we solved that right away...

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

uh... yeah. So you knew the guy personally? You knew for a fact that he had "serious drug and alcohol problems"?

What we do know are the following facts: He knew about the crimes, blew the whistle on the crimes, and was proven correct about the crimes.

Making ad hominem attacks on whitleblowers is almost as old as whistleblowing. "Drug and alcohol problems" is one of the more shopworn tools found on the character assassin's workbench.

Oh regional Indian's picture

It's a messenger....shoot him!!!!!

I've been referring to the baron as Murderock recently.


francis_sawyer's picture

So let me parse this out for all the 'Philistines' still out there...

If you want to pass out some wealth to future generations, here's how:

- Get yourself in cozy with NewsCorp or multi-national conglomerate of your choosing (supplying them with coke & hookers oughta get you close to the inner circle)

- Take out a TRILLION dollar life insurance policy on yourself (through AIG) - making sure it has a "double indemnity" clause for accidental death, whilst buying long dated puts & Cds's on same...

- Start spilling some beans

- Let your heirs build monuments & marble pillared institutions of higher learning in your honor as the hilarity ensues...

i-dog's picture

"the following facts:......"

And you even left off "he could soon have been called to testify".

How does "a man without qualities" ever get past the captcha?!

A Man without Qualities's picture

Your assumption is that unless you see a conspiracy in everything that happens, you have a problem with numbers?



Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Among men of power, conspiracies are the norm, not the exception.

"In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way."-- Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Don't confuse how things happen in your personal experience, with how things happen that really matter.

samsara's picture
'The only thing new in the world is the history you don’t know. ; Harry Truman
shano's picture

I thought it would be a plane crash, but this will do......


(hey, love your name-no one knows that ref much anymore)

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Glad you noticed. Yeah, we're dating ourselves.

One of the great cult movies of all time, IMO.

A Man without Qualities's picture

I listened to an interview with him recently, and he was talking about his battle against addiction.  He sounded really fragile and he didn't seem to be getting the help he needed.  

What seemed to have caused him a lot of pain was the way the Murdoch apparatchiks had used his problems as a way to dismiss his claims - "how can you trust this man, he's a drug addict etc etc" - so he was vulnerable, angry, slightly paranoid, all of which are common behaviour patterns of alcoholics and drug addicts.  However, he never denied his problems.

But think about it, there are a large number of investigative journalists, including former NotW staff, who would love to get the scoop of the century if he were murdered and there are too many other journalists who know as much if not more than him, so it doesn't make sense.  This is not Dr Kelly, or Robin Cook...


This is worth a read

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Getting the "scoop of the century" doesn't mean much if it also gets you dead.

Isotope's picture

"...there are too many other journalists who know as much if not more than him, so it doesn't make sense."

Maybe he didn't know that much, but it could certainly send a strong message to those who do.