Hoare’s allegations against Coulson

Press TV – July 19, 2011

Sean Hoare, the phone hacking whistleblower who was found dead at his home on Monday, had accused Andy Coulson, British Prime Minister David Cameron’s former communications chief, of “actively” encouraging phone hacking at News of the World.

In September 2010, Hoare said in an interview with the New York Times that Coulson was fully aware of phone hacking practices and that Coulson would even listen to recordings of hacked messages.

Coulson, former News of the World deputy editor, fired Hoare in 2005. Hoare said he was making the revelations because he had thought it was unfair to blame the whole scandal on former News of the World royal editor Clive Goodman who was jailed in 2007, over phone hacking and corruption allegations, after he pleaded guilty.

In an interview with BBC Radio 4’s PM programme, in September 2010, Hoare said that getting the story was “the most important thing” as he spoke of “the culture of dark arts.”

Hoare said that Coulson had lied to Parliament when he said he had no knowledge of phone hacking at News of the World. “I’ve stood by Andy and been requested to tap phones, to hack into them and so on. He was well aware that the practice exists. To deny it is a lie. It’s simply a lie,” said Hoare.

Hoare acknowledged that producing results which “was always done in the language of, ‘Why don’t you practise some of your dark arts on this’, which was a metaphor for saying, ‘Go and hack into a phone’” was what mattered.

Hoare’s death on Monday remains “unexplained” as the police say it is “not thought to be suspicious.”



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