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News of the World whistleblower found dead

Sean Hoare first to implicate former editor in phone hacking

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The former News of the World reporter who broke open the phone hacking scandal by implicating then-editor Andy Coulson has been found dead. In separate interviews, Sean Hoare told the New York Times and the BBC Coulson was not only aware of the hacking, he’d personally asked Hoare to tap into phones. Police say Hoare’s death “is being treated as unexplained, but not thought to be suspicious.” The former showbiz reporter for the News of the World was once a close friend of Coulson’s but was fired from the paper over substance abuse issues.

The Guardian

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