Phone Hacking Scandal Turns Tragic: NOTW Whistleblower Found Dead

Tyler Durden's picture

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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tbone654's picture

and don't forget any "porn site" allegations...

AnAnonymous's picture

I wonder if he went on a binge to celebrate the downfall, but he overdosed.  


If they had knew... They would have given this guy a promotion, would have drunk himself to death and would have revealed nothing.


zerozulu's picture

"there are probably dozens who know as much if not more than he did."


This is precisely he was suicided to keep others quite.

Freddie's picture

Dead men don't talk. A loose end for Mordechi.  All the media and TV are the same. 

Bob's picture

I suppose another hanging-by-dog-leash suicide would be "suspicious."

i-dog's picture

As a hitman for the elites once explained it to me: "You can't help bad luck!"

Azannoth's picture

'Unexplained death under misterious circumstances' - will be the official cause of death on the coroners certificate lol

SilverDosed's picture

Wouldnt surprise me at all if they used a semi-illiterate coroner.

ToNYC's picture


Had he copied the ZeroHedge manifesto, he'd be still working. Redcoats lost as I remember it.

GoinFawr's picture

Well, not in August, 1814. Or in December, 1913, for that matter; but I get the idea.

carbonmutant's picture

"The death is currently being treated as unexplained"...

Lack of evidence is usually viewed as quality wetwork...


Clamdigger's picture

You can't really dust for vomit.

A Lunatic's picture

He is dead because he is not alive anymore. So what killed him? A lack of aliveness sufficient enough to cause expiration.

ToNYC's picture


the truth still works as a cause of death.

Temporalist's picture

Whatever happened to Julian Assange and Wikileaks having info on some big financial institution?

At least people are waking up to the big money backed media gorilla that is constantly shaking down the politicians and public servants while promoting failed policies to milk the plebs.

There is no greater organized crime than these kleptocrats, banksters, PhDs.

GoinFawr's picture

Not completely OT:
Kai Nagata on "Why I quit my job" with CTV.

One insider's view

papaswamp's picture

News Corp have 'wet work' dept?

CIABS's picture

why the question mark?

pods's picture

Sounds plausible to me.  Carry on chaps.




Arius's picture

Murdoch will stop at nothing ...

Things that go bump's picture

Murdoch is 80 years old and, like Kissinger, will not be around much longer to trouble the councils of the weak and foolish.

KeyserSoze's picture

Kissinger will survive along with the cockroaches and then proceed to play them all of each other....

Sofa King's picture

Well, at least he didn't drown in his hot tub.

mess nonster's picture

...Lest anyone ponder the connection (Matt Simmons) between Peak Oil, economic implosion, and ominous trend towards the blurring of gov't, media, and erosion of civil liberties.

Vic Vinegar's picture

I don't want to ponder that.  Too much Debbie-Downer stuff.

CIABS's picture

simmons was probably zapped by a drone.

jelyfish's picture

Murdoch, problem solved on your end.

SilverIsKing's picture

He must have contracted "whistleblowers disease".  The mortality rate is about 100%.

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

So what you aresaying is our Hulk is a superhero.  Figures.

MsCreant's picture

Never happy to read about this kind of thing. Sounds like, at minimum, he worked an edge and had a rough life. If you do this kind of thing, you know what's what and what is possible. This applies to both an addict's lifestyle and being a whistleblower. He ran it right up to the edge and went over. No judgement in this. I've had some close calls myself. 

Condolences to his family. Gratitude to him for having the balls to tell the truth. Hope losing his life was NOT the direct cost. 

Zerohedgefunder's picture

Whistle blowing anyone? This reminds me of David Kelly. If you are truly a pain in the neck it looks like you're made to disappear in the UK.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Please don't exclude America from the fun and games. Plenty of wet work to go around only our press is much more compliant.

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Indeed. In the 90's it was called "Arkancide".

Transitory Disinflation's picture

My wife laughed just two days ago when I said "I bet you will see people dying/found dead in a few days" with regard to the NOW Scandal.


She also laughed when I started buying GOLD (physical) a few years ago...




Silver Dreamer's picture

Your wife sounds like mine with her constant "nothing is going to happen" comments.

Ahmeexnal's picture

Toxic crap in cosmetic products inhibit neurotransmission.

This can have advantages, but as you have seen, the blade cuts both ways.

KeyserSoze's picture

Tell your wife (with a back hander thrown in for effect) that too much has already happened.... DARLING!

ToNYC's picture


Get a life instead of a wife.

MsCreant's picture

If true, I could see a murder over that. Meanwhile, if he was murdered, I don't think us plebes would be able to easily track down the info that they were trying to keep hidden.

Ahmeexnal's picture

I'm sure he was hedged. Expect envelopes with the full story to arrive at major media outlets anytime soon.

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

Francis Sawyer for the win.  Come on down and claim your prize.  You win a 'Fuck your couch, Bernanke!' t-shirt.

by francis_sawyer
on Mon, 07/18/2011 - 13:14



New murder trial to commence captivating America in 5...4...3...2...

Edward Fiatski's picture

Tyler, really?

This circus is there to distract the peasants from the on-going problems and the coming major kinetic action. Murdoch is taking one for the 'Team'.