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Report: Phone-hacking Whistleblower Found Dead

July 18, 2011

The scandal over alleged phone hacking and bribery at one of Britain's largest newspapers grows stranger every day, even as the controversy sparks more questions in the United States.

According to the Guardian, a whistleblower involved in the case was found dead in his home on Monday. Sean Hoare was a former News of the World reporter and first claimed that the editor of the paper was aware of the phone hacking.

His death was not viewed as suspicious, but added a morbid twist to a controversy that has already led to the demise of the News of the World and the resignation of top British police officials and executives in Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation.

On Monday, Rep. Mary Bono Mack, R-Calif., sent a letter to five major telecom trade associations asking what steps are being taken to prevent similar hacking in the United States.

"Understanding that the events in the United Kingdom have not been connected to any activity within the United States, I nonetheless believe it's critically important to ask American industries involved in all parts of the communications stream of commerce - from device manufacturers to fixed wire and wireless providers - whether they are satisfied that sufficient safeguards are in place to prevent similar privacy breaches here in the United States," Mack wrote.

The supercharged controversy is threatening to complicate the Federal Communications Commission's media ownership review, which is expected to be released later this year.

Read more on the potential debate over media rules on our Tech page.

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