Sean Hoare, The News of the World journalist who blew the whistle on the corruption in Murdoch’s media and the political class, has been found dead.
Was he murdered because he knew too much?
Let’s examine the facts.
Ever since Rupert Murdoch hired PR giants Edelman last week, we’ve been seeing a onslaught of activity by News Corp to save it’s battered reputation.
We saw Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal Alsaud (The largest shareholder in Murdoch’s media empire, after Murdoch himself) wheeled into carrying out presser duties where he declared his undying love for Murdoch, and blamed the whole situation on a few bad apples within the company.
We saw Britain’s most powerful policeman, Met Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson, quit his post after he was given a free reported £15,000 holiday at a resort where Neil Wallis, former deputy editor of NOTW, was senior management.
Let’s just work out the formula thus far:
Phone hacking + Big media + Police + Politicians X Corruption =
The coverage on Sean Hoare death has been contemptuous to say the least.
Last night’s BBC Newsnight dedicated all of two minutes on “discussing” his death.
You would have thought that a media that has been salivating over every nuance and angle connected to this ever widening story would be going into the stratosphere with the news that the man who kick started the whole affair, the man who crucially had not signed any confidentiality agreement with Murdoch’s media and thus was free to speak his mind, winds up dead.
The police of course have already been quick to state that “The death is currently being treated as unexplained, but not thought to be suspicious”.
What is clear to me is that Sean Hoare knew too much and he couldn’t be paid off.
There will now be a smear campaign against him in the media.
Already I’ve noticed a disturbing pattern with a build up of accusations about his character to undermine his credibility as a reliable source of information – alcoholic, fantasist, paranoid, conspiracy theorist, couldn’t be sure what to believe of what he said, scared of people coming to get him etc etc.
It will be interesting to see if there is a proper coronial inquiry into this death.
As Steve Richards commented in The Independent recently, “Here was a company that evidently thought it was powerful enough to get away with it, able to block police enquiries and to pay off victims of crime.”
Phone hacking + Big media + Police + Politicians X Corruption = Whistle blower Sean Hoare murdered.
Do the math, no conspiracy theory needed.
What happened to the last whistle blower to break ranks?
Dr. David Kelly was “suicided”.
His formula was very similar.
Iraq + Big media + WMD’s + Politicians X Oil = Whistle blower Dr. David Kelly murdered.
Do the maths, no conspiracy theory needed.