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[personal profile] purejuice
Not seen as a suspicious death.

In a subsequent interview with the BBC [former NotW reporter Sean Hoare] 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".

Sean Hoare, a one-time close friend of Coulson's, told the New York Times the two men first worked together at the Sun, where, Hoare said, he played tape recordings of hacked messages for Coulson. At the News of the World, Hoare said he continued to inform Coulson of his activities. Coulson "actively encouraged me to do it", Hoare said.


Reading the magisterial 2010 Times piece yesterday, I said to myself, there's a suicide among these sources.

If I'm wrong, we're into the big time now. Murder not out of the question, as the alleged murderer Rees, who was acquitted of charges he sunk an ax into his business partner's head, was a PI hired by the NotW exec Coulson, who went on to become prime minister Cameron's communications director. Acquitted ax murderer Rees was on Coulson's NotW payroll for years, before and after two criminal trials.

Rees, who had worked for the paper for seven years, was jailed for planting cocaine on a woman in order to discredit her during divorce proceedings. After his release from prison Rees, who had been bugged for six months by Scotland Yard because of his links with corrupt police officers, was rehired by the News of the World, which was being edited by Andy Coulson.

Date: 2011-07-18 06:34 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] tigerflower
You and the small group of acerbic, deeply ethical Scottish and Welsh political comedians I follow online are killing me every hour on the hour with your coverage of this whole thing.

What a doozy of a story this is. Lord, lord.

Date: 2011-07-18 06:52 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] tigerflower
Not a single one, no. They're scattered around. I've collected them from listening to lots of BBC4. Fred MacAulay was spitting fire the other day.


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