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Hoare found dead - not suspicious like David Kelly

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bkgirl Mon 18-Jul-11 18:24:12

Sean Hoare became the first of his former colleagues to go on the record in denouncing Coulson has allegedly been found dead at home according to Guardian

He was in the process of dumping murdoch in it in the states.

I hope they do a decent job on the forensics.

deemented Mon 18-Jul-11 18:27:43

Yes, i just saw this.

How sad for his family.

And how very... convienient for Murdich et al.

AuntieMonica Mon 18-Jul-11 18:29:31

<backs away from thread as fond enough of conspiracy theories as it is>

Greythorne Mon 18-Jul-11 18:30:02


TheOriginalFAB Mon 18-Jul-11 18:42:45

It is all getting a bit much now. It is one thing people losing their jobs and, or, going to prison but losing their life..sad.

SardineQueen Mon 18-Jul-11 18:47:06


BitOfFun Mon 18-Jul-11 18:51:42

Yes, if the police say there's nothing suspicious, it's hardly like they are in the pay of dark forces or anything, is it? sad

Poor bloke- whatever happened, the stress must have been unbearable.

Nancy66 Mon 18-Jul-11 18:58:06

it's very sad, I knew Sean v.well - he had a huge drug and alcohol problem though and had for years

bkgirl Mon 18-Jul-11 19:02:52

I would love to know what threats were directed to this man in recent weeks.....I hope his correspondence is read very carefully.

BitOfFun Mon 18-Jul-11 19:11:32

Nancy, I'm sorry to hear that. It sounds like he was trying to do the right thing, and he must have been bloody brave to stick his head above the parapet like that.

tranquilitygardens Mon 18-Jul-11 19:27:21

there is a nice piece here, sorry for your loss Nancy.

allegrageller Mon 18-Jul-11 19:33:48

apparently he was drink and drug addicted and had been ill ffor some time


allegrageller Mon 18-Jul-11 19:34:23

oh sorry x post Nancy.

I say hmm as obviously hard to judge this kind of thing from newspaper reports.

TalkinPeace2 Mon 18-Jul-11 21:23:56

I saw him interviewed on Panorama this evening.
He clearly had massive liver disease (very yellow skin)
I'm glad he was vindicated before his work took its final toll.
Just wish he could have made it through to watch RM squirm tomorrow

bkgirl Mon 18-Jul-11 21:34:54

Maybe him saying he was seriously ill was a death warrant - very opportune. Remember every day he lived was extremely dangerous and someone connected has already has been murdered (Daniel Morgan, who was found with an axe embedded in his head in a car park in south London in 1987).

I hope the police keep a totally open mind and carefully look after his paperwork.....if necessary for evidence.I hope for Mr Hoares sake I hope there was no skulduggery.

Does anyone know did anyone do time for Mr Morgans murder or was it successfully derailed by NOTW?

Hopefully the editor who Mr Hoare felt would now talk is being guarded for his personal safety.

idotry Mon 18-Jul-11 21:37:45

I've just read on the Guardian website, police are examining a computer and paperwork thrown in a bin near Rebeka B's home...

SpringHeeledJack Mon 18-Jul-11 21:43:41


BitOfFun Mon 18-Jul-11 22:19:24

Really? Gof, it gets worse...

flippinada Tue 19-Jul-11 09:55:27

This is incredibly sad, poor man.

I did wonder when I heard the news. I really hope its not that sad

kamarastar Tue 19-Jul-11 10:42:09

How how sad and what a brave man. He undertook a big service to the public and democracy by whistle-blowing.

Can't help thinking that it's all a bit highly convenient though hmm If he was a drink and drug addict perhaps he had found recovery and that gave him courage to speak up in honesty.

Hummingbirds Tue 19-Jul-11 11:47:15

'Someone's coming to get me': Terrified phone-hacking whistleblower feared for his life before he was found dead (Daily Mail)

The man who launched the entire phone hacking scandal had become a paranoid recluse who believed someone was out to get him, a friend has revealed.

Sean Hoare, who was found dead at his flat in Watford, Hertfordshire, yesterday, had spent much of the last weeks of his life 'hiding' in his flat with the curtains drawn.

Last night a friend and neighbour claimed Mr Hoare, 47, had become increasingly reclusive and paranoid in recent weeks.

‘He would talk about someone from the Government coming to get him,' he said.


Hacking whistleblower found dead at his home (The Independent)

After The New York Times article last September, he was interviewed under caution as a suspect rather than a witness by Metropolitan Police officers.

... Mr Hoare claimed last week that NOTW reporters bribed police officers to track targets for stories using mobile-phone mast technology.

allegrageller Tue 19-Jul-11 12:12:40

god bloody hell Hummingbirds sad

This whole thing is getting a lot like the plot of The Shadow Line.

kamarastar Tue 19-Jul-11 12:14:09

except it aint a film and is very very real

allegrageller Tue 19-Jul-11 12:20:17

exactly kemara. Truth is even stranger than fiction, and other cliches, seem to be coming to the fore in my addled mind this week....

Nancy66 Tue 19-Jul-11 12:32:40

I'm prepared to believe most things but I genuinely don't think Sean was 'done in.'

He was never a big time journalist, any evidence he gave, stories he told would be easily discredited because of his lifestyle.

i have a lot of affection for Sean and I'm sorry he's gone but he had gone the way of so many addicts. He owed everyone he knew money, he was unemployable and sinking to new lows in order to secure money for his habit.

I'm afraid the image of the noble, brave whistleblower isn't really a true one.
He was given many chances by his bosses to straighten himself out and he never did. Consequently he was unemployable and desperate.

As I say, I liked the guy but he wasn't on some moral, truth crusade he was just doing/saying whatever it took to get some cash for his next fix. Sad but true.

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