Phone hacking: Sean Hoare, the News of the World whistleblower, found dead
Sean Hoare, a former News of the World journalist who blew the whistle on the extent of phone hacking, has been found dead as the unrelenting scandal took another dark turn.
Sean Hoare, the former News of the World journalist who first claimed Andy Coulson had knowledge of phone hacking.
Mr Hoare, 47, who accused his former editor, Andy Coulson, 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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