Mystery As Hacking Whistleblower Dies
A former reporter for the News Of The World (NOTW) who blew the whistle on the extent of phone hacking at the paper has been found dead at his home.
When asked if he was subject to that pressure, he replied: “Yes of course I was, that is the culture of News International.”
He also previously spoke out on BBC Radio 4’s PM programme, saying that former editor Andy Coulson was “well aware that the practice exists.”
“To deny it is a lie, simply a lie,” he added.
Mr Coulson denies the allegations.
David Wooding, former political editor of the NOTW, told Sky News: “I worked with Sean on two papers, but our paths never crossed on the NOTW. He had long since left when I joined 18 months ago.
“We had worked before in the 90s on two other papers and he was a real Fleet Street character, a typical showbiz reporter out mixing with the stars every night.
“He would come in looking a complete wreck in the morning, because he had been out with the Gallaghers and people like that, and he knew all the inside gossip.”
He went on: “We heard (the phone hacking revelations) a year or so ago when he claimed hacking was widespread.
“By then we knew about hacking because it had been blown open by the imprisonment of Clive (Goodman) and (Glen) Mulcaire and we all thought it was contained at that stage to a small group to showbiz type people who were fishing around for stories
“As far as I knew, Sean got his stories by good old fashioned journalism.”
Mr Hoare was interviewed by police in September about the allegations but made no comment.
He was sacked by the News Of The World over problems he had with drink and drugs.
A neighbour, who did not want to be named, said Mr Hoare struggled with alcohol abuse and had looked increasingly unwell in recent weeks.
The man said he knew Mr Hoare quite well because he would talk to him about his problems.
He said he was “paranoid” about people seeing him and was fearful of the police and the Government.
Source: Sky News.