Tuesday, July 19, 2011
NOTW Whistle-blower Sean Hoare who publicly stated that Andy Coulson knew of phone hacking suddenly winds up dead, David Cameron is now damaged goods
Sean Hoare is dead.
He was a former employee of the News of the World who stated that senior executives knew of the phone hacking culture within the paper.
And he alleged that Andy Coulson, David Cameron’s former spin doctor, was aware of hacking when he edited the paper.
Sean Hoare could have given evidence at a trial that might have put Andy Coulson in prison.
And now he has suddenly died.
Hoare was the first journalist from the now-defunct tabloid to speak out publicly about phone hacking.
He took part in a panorama interview, so that tape could be used by the Crown Prosecution Service if charges are filed against Coulson.
At present the official Police line is that Mr Hoare's death is ‘unexplained’ but not suspicious.
From that you could opine that either he committed suicide or just died from natural causes.
Hoare’s death came on the day Met Police second-in-command John Yates quit over the scandal citing he was the victim of was the victim of “inaccurate, ill-informed and on occasion downright malicious gossip.”
At the same time questions have surfaced about his alleged help for Neil Wallis, formerly of the NOTW in secure employment for his daughter who got a civilian job at the Met Police.
Yates also added:
“I have acted with complete integrity and my conscience is clear”.
Then he should have no problem answering lots of questions then!
The Police watchdog the Independent Police Complaints Commission last night revealed it was investigating five allegations against Mr Yates.
And former officers Peter Clarke and Andy Hayman, both senior officers at the Met Police!
Yates jumped ship when told he was being suspended from duty.
And in another bizarre episode which questions ethical practice Media committee chairman John Whittingdale who is to quiz Rupert Muroch, James Murdoch and Rebekah Brooks hasn’t stood down on his conflict of interest.
He is friends with Rebekah Brooks on Facebook.
As such he should have removed himself immediately from the Media committee and didn’t.
For David Cameron, the pressure is growing that he should resign over the crisis given his close links to Coulson, the Murdochs and Rebekah Brooks.
So far he is trying to do a ‘nothing to do with me guv’ approach.
But he is worried; he cut short an overseas trip to deal with the political crisis.
Odds on the prime minister being the next cabinet member to leave office were slashed.
Cameron is at the centre of too many people connected to this scandal.
But to return to Sean Hoare, when he first spoke out, Mr Hoare told Panorama the then NoW editor Andy Coulson had asked him to hack phones something Mr Coulson has denied.
Now, he has turned up dead.
Hertfordshire Police said in a statement:
"Police investigations continue into the unexplained death of a man who, whilst formal identification is yet to take place, police believe to be Sean Hoare.
"The post-mortem is set to take place today. The man's next of kin have been informed and the family are being supported by police at this sad time."
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University