Monday, July 18, 2011

"News of the World" Whistleblower Found Dead

The plot thickens as reports come in of Sean Hoare being found dead at home of unknown causes, according to a Telegraph (U.K.) article.

Mr Hoare, 47, who accused his former editor, Andy Coulson [who was arrested for his part in the hacking scandal], of complicity in the illegal activity, was discovered at his home days after he made a series of fresh allegations against executives under whom he worked.

Police said his death was “unexplained”, but said they did not at this stage suspect foul play.

The news came as David Cameron cut short a trip to Africa to fly home as another day of developments turned the phone hacking scandal into his gravest crisis as Prime Minister.

Mr Cameron, who employed Mr Coulson as his Downing Street media strategist after the former editor quit his post at the News of the World, faces a barrage of questions from MPs tomorrow after Parliament’s summer recess was delayed so he could make an emergency Commons statement.

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