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News of the World phone-hacking whistleblower found dead!
July 18, 2011
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Death of Sean Hoare – who was first named journalist to allege Andy Coulson knew of hacking – not being treated as suspicious

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guardian.co.uk, Monday 18 July 2011 18.04 BST

Former News of the World reporter Sean Hoare has been found dead. Photograph: BBC

Sean Hoare, the former News of the World showbiz reporter who was the first named journalist to allege Andy Coulson was aware of phone hacking by his staff, has been found dead, the Guardian has learned.

Hoare, who worked on the Sun and the News of the World with Coulson before being dismissed for drink and drugs problems, is said to have been found dead at his Watford home.

Hertfordshire police would not confirm his identity, but the force said in a statement: "At 10.40am today [Monday 18 July] police were called to Langley Road, Watford, following the concerns for the welfare of a man who lives at an address on the street. Upon police and ambulance arrival at a property, the body of a man was found. The man was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after.

"The death is currently being treated as unexplained, but not thought to be suspicious. Police investigations into this incident are ongoing."

Hoare first made his claims in a New York Times investigation into the phone-hacking allegations at the News of the World.

He told the newspaper that not only did Coulson know of the phone hacking, but that he actively encouraged his staff to intercept the phone calls of celebrities in the pursuit of exclusives.

In a subsequent interview with the BBC he alleged that he was personally asked by his then-editor, Coulson, to tap into phones. In an interview with the PM programme he said Coulson's insistence that he didn't know about the practice was "a lie, it is simply a lie".

At the time a Downing Street spokeswoman said Coulson totally and utterly denied the allegations and said he had "never condoned the use of phone hacking and nor do I have any recollection of incidences where phone hacking took place".

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July 19, 2011
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figures, kill the witness and try tho cover it up, which is damn stupit, lil late for that

July 19, 2011
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Sadly, such is the fate of many a freedom fighter.
Whistleblower.
Bell ringer.
It is what it is.
God bless that guy.
He bravely spoke up, to his perosnal detriment, but to help us all out a bit.
Even if it was probably for naught, on the surface..on some deeper level..it means a-lot.

Willie Wonka quotes..
What is this Wonka, some kind of funhouse?
Why? Are you having fun?
A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.
We are the music makers, we are the dreamers of dreams

July 19, 2011
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"bionic" wrote: Sadly, such is the fate of many a freedom fighter.
Whistleblower.
Bell ringer.

Aint it.

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Murdochs deny blame

JAMES and Rupert Murdoch have emphatically told the British Parliament they did not know of any wrongdoing at News International.
Rupert Murdoch began his appearance before the Parliament by saying: ‘‘This is the most humble day of my life.’’ But he denied ultimate responsibility for the phone hacking catastrophe.

He said the people responsible were those he trusted to run the business and ‘‘the people they trusted’’.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/world/murdochs-de ... z1SZC3UffN

News Corp board rallies behind Rupert Murdoch

JAMES CHESSELL From: The Australian July 20, 2011 12:00AM

THE spotlight has been thrown on succession planning at News Corporation in the wake of the News of the World phone hacking scandal amid conflicting reports about executive changes at the media group.

In the lead-up to last night's appearance before the British parliament by Rupert and James Murdoch, independent News Corporation directors were forced to hose down a Bloomberg report claiming they were considering elevating chief operating officer Chase Carey to the top job.

One director, Thomas Perkins, yesterday said Rupert Murdoch, who is the chief executive and chairman of News Corporation, had the full support of the board and that there were no plans to replace him.

"I can assure you there has been no discussion at the board level in connection with this current scandal of making any changes. The board supports top management totally," he told the Associated Press. "The board has been misled, as has top management been misled, by very bad people at a very low level in the organisation."

A source close to the News Corporation board told The Australian that reports of a board push for executive change were "a beat up" but added succession was discussed on a regular basis due to Mr Murdoch's age.

"The view is that Rupert has done an amazing job over many years building (News Corporation) and he is heading into a very difficult period and deserves the board's support," the source said. "Will these events specifically lead to change at News? Probably not. But Rupert is 80, so change is coming anyway and there will be a time when he hands over responsibilities to other people."

Independent directors believe appropriate steps have been taken by the company to deal with the NOWT fallout. Earlier this week, News Corporation announced Lord Grabiner QC would chair an inquiry into the phone hacking and report to new director Joel Klein, who in turn will report to Viet Dinh, an independent director and chairman of the company's corporate governance committee.

The culture of News International in Britain has been called into question by some commentators and several British politicians, including Labour leader Ed Miliband and Prime Minister David Cameron, who is facing criticism for hiring former NOWT editor Andy Coulson as his communications adviser.

Mr Murdoch's testimony last night may have some bearing on how long he remains chief executive. "The fact that Chase Carey has been recruited to be not just COO but deputy chairman and the fact that there are other senior managers in place such as (chief financial officer) David DeVoe suggest there is an orderly transition plan in place," said a source.

"It will be done at a time that is appropriate. But the worst time to do it is when there is the whiff of gunpowder in the air."

The NOTW scandal has claimed senior News executives Rebekah Brooks, who was arrested on the weekend, and Les Hinton, chief executive of Dow Jones. It has also derailed attempts to gain full control of pay-television group BSkyB, led to inquiries in Britain and calls for an inquiry into media in Australia.

James Murdoch's chances of running the company after his father have diminished after he authorised out-of-court payments to some hacking victims. News Corporation's shares recovered some ground yesterday, finishing 34c higher at $14.50, but they are down 19 per cent over the past week.

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July 19, 2011
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Where have all you Austrailians been latley Rath? You, Chiselray, and The Joker all disappeared for a while.

July 19, 2011
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yeah..really
Where have you been?

Willie Wonka quotes..
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Why? Are you having fun?
A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.
We are the music makers, we are the dreamers of dreams

July 20, 2011
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Better yet..................

Why don't you explain the significance of this thread topic?

Maybe someone can explain why ( in the very beginning ) Some News Crews were very well positioned to cover what took place on a Tuesday in September of 2001.?!!

Now it's been suggested that some were bought and paid for servants........ 😕 Gee who in their right minds would have even thunk it?????????? Laugh Laugh Laugh Laugh

This is only the beginning-------------The FBI is now involved----------But given the level of corruption involved that may prove to be a tactic known as " DAMAGE CONTROL "

We'll see..............but something tells me that vindication for some is indeed, HERE AT LAST.

Cole

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