Sean Hoare, the man who blew the whistle on the News of the World phone hacking scandal, has been found dead in his apartment.
Hoare told the New York Times that his then boss Andy Coulson at News of the World knew of illegal phone hacking techniques used by Hoare and other reporters to obtain personal information.
Hoare said his boss Coulson urged reporters to listen in illegally on cell phone conversations of celebrities and politicians.
Hoare said about an investigator that was probing what happened in the phone hacking scandal: “He may want to talk now because I think what you’ll find now is a lot of people are going to want to cover their arse.”
Hoare told a Guardian journalist he wanted to clean up the journalism profession and make it more open and honest. Hoare had numerous problems with drugs and alcohol and was dismissed on those grounds from News of the World after the scandal broke.
More details to come.
The police report states:
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.