R.I.P. Sean Hoare… Whistleblower Who Blew The Lid Off News Corp.’s Hacking Scandal Found Dead

- By Bossip Staff

The man who responsible for exposing the hacking going on at News of the World was found dead but police are saying it’s not suspicious??? What the hell is going on!?!?

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 the 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.”

Just to give a little more insight on how crucial Hoare was to bringing a spotlight to the ethical violations by News of the World, he opened up to the New York Times when they were investigating the phone hacking case, telling the paper that his editor Coulson knew of the phone hacking and actively encouraged his staff to intercept the phone calls of celebrities in the pursuit of exclusives.

He later spoke to the BBC, claiming that Coulson personally asked him to tap into phones and saying that Coulson’s claim that he was unaware of the practice was “a lie, it is simply a lie”.

Hoare spoke to the New York Times again last week, explaining how 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 that’s why I never bought into it, 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 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 had been injured 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.

Hmmmm… So was his death cause by drinking, drugs, the after effects of taking down a marquee or… whistle blower haters???

Considering the police were in on the phone hacking, it doesn’t seem entirely out of the realm of possibility that they could be involved in the cover up of a suspicious murder. This is real suspect. Just sayin’!


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  • YesCubanB

    smh… A dirty game. RIP

  • Steelcitychick

    I hope Rupert Murdock and his fox news go down…I bet that slimeball knew all about what his people were doing and just let them do it for higher sales!
    These are the same type of ethics he uses to run Fox news!

  • Susie

    I’m not even going to leave a reply bc I don’t want to b murked like this unfortunate guy…

    This scandal is already huge…the British chief of police resigned today

  • Well damn

    This keeps getting more messed up by the minute!

  • SayItLoudHD

    I agree that it is real suspect. That man look to know so much more. He look unstable and wouldnt take much for the authorities to get the goods outta him. This shyt reeks so much corruption to the top of the British Parliament. Murdoch corruption started right here in the good old US AND corruption @ the top here. I hope it comes out with the evidence that Murdoch had a play in the selection of G.W. BUSH as President. AL GORE presidency was Stolen and Murdoch hands tainted in that. STAY TUNED.


    This man Hoare was killed. Murdoch made rure he was taken out b 4 he talk and make all hell break loose with revelations of Murdoch and his with his power to buy politicians is what I see. He work to influence elections to his favor and manipulate those @ the very top like pawns. Murdoch also spreads propaganda tru his media empire by distortion and with radical rightist ideology. Now he has been creating privatized schools to manipulate the minds from very young and when they become adults have many to continue this ideology of his. This death was no accident. This man knew too much and Murdoch feared he would squeal. He put his henchmen to eliminate Hoare. Murdoch need to be put away with Bernie Mad dove. I hope this sick man billions cant be used to buy silence.

  • Lele

    This man was murdered.

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