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News of the World Whistleblower Sean Hoare found DeadTim King Salem-News.com
A former News of the World journalist who made claims against the paper has been found dead.
(LONDON / SALEM) - Sean Hoare, the journalist who blew the whistle on phone-hacking allegations at the Rupert Murdoch owned News of the World Tabloid, has been found dead, The BBC reports.
The New York Times had reported through conversations with Sean Hoare, that the practice was far more extensive than the paper acknowledged when police first investigated hacking claims. Hoare was the first reporter on the record over Andy Coulson's alleged knowledge of the phone hacking there. He was found by police at his London home.
At this point, police say Hoare's death is regarded as "unexplained", however it was not suspected to be suspicious. That seems interesting to suggest in any respect, since the man was at the center of a steaming controversy involving some of the most determined and best funded powers in the western world.
At the same time, they won't release the cause of death. A Huffington Post article put it this way: "...it still comes as a grim coincidence during a period when the phone hacking scandal is escalating seemingly every day".
The BBC notes that computer hackers tampered with the online site for The Sun, incorrectly listing that Rupert Murdoch has been found dead in his garden. Again, this was a hoax, apparently connected to a group of hackers called Lulz Security, which has previously targeted corporate organizations and US government websites.
Related Development - Yates calls it quits
It was reported earlier by The BBC, that Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner John Yates resigned, buckling under pressure stemming from the phone-hacking scandal. Yates has served as a senior Detective in north and west London and was the Senior Investigating Officer on over 20 murders.
"We in the Police Service are truly accountable. Those of us who take on the most difficult jobs clearly have to stand up and be counted when things go wrong. However, when we get things wrong, we say so and try and put them right. As I have said very recently, it is a matter of great personal regret that those potentially affected by phone hacking were not dealt with appropriately.
It looks like the mess is going to continue to spiral out of control, it seems very interesting that police would so quickly rule out foul play, seems like the information has not been fully released. Also, our writer Dr. Phil Leveque is both a Forensic Toxicologist and a Professor of Pharmacology. We would never publish the how's and why's, but rest assured that there are many ways a person can be murdered without a trace with the use of attainable substances.
In a statement, the Met said it would look into the matter, saying: "We recognise that this may cause concern and that some professions may be incompatible with the role of an interpreter."
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