By Max Clarke

Sean Hoare, the News of the World journalist who first brought the phone-hacking scandal to the public eye by claiming the paper’s then editor, Andy Coulson, had encouraged his staff to hack into phones, has been found dead.

While police have not described his death as suspicious, discovery of his death yesterday at his house in Watford marks yet another twist in the increasingly bizarre hackgate saga that extends right into the heart of government.

Hoare had struggled with drink and drugs though, the Daily Mail suggest, had feared for his safety after blowing the whistle on the high profile publication.

Coulson’s appointment as David Cameron’s Director of Communications has triggered fierce public opposition, with some calling for the PM to step down. Whilst Nick Clegg dismissed such calls as over-reactionary, it brings to light the interconnected nature of high profile media actors and government.

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