Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, April 21st, 2015 - 32 comments
John Key’s recent public response to the news of the likely interception of Chinese diplomatic communications resemble those of a used car salesman rather than those of a New Zealand Prime Minister.
Written By: - Date published: 7:32 am, March 23rd, 2015 - 133 comments
More embarrassment for the Government as it is revealed that the GCSB spied on internet communications involving diplomats competing with Tim Groser in his bid to be elected as the Director General of the World Trade Organisation.
Written By: - Date published: 7:26 am, March 10th, 2015 - 42 comments
Selwyn Manning’s new EveningReport site got off to a massive start last night with a long, interesting interview with Nicky Hager. Take home quote (courtesy Russell Brown): “The GCSB is not a New Zealand operation, in any practical sense”. Watch the video…
Written By: - Date published: 11:39 am, March 6th, 2015 - 51 comments
An extraordinary interview with former director of the GCSB Sir Bruce Ferguson on RNZ this morning. He confirms that NZ is conducing mass surveillance. (Any help with transcription?)
Written By: - Date published: 6:29 am, March 5th, 2015 - 169 comments
Nicky Hager and the Herald have reported that the GCSB has been collecting data en masse from New Zealand’s pacific neighbours and handed it over to the Americans for inclusion in xkeystore.
Written By: - Date published: 6:46 am, October 24th, 2014 - 71 comments
The police and Hager are in the process of initiating legal proceedings against each other. The police action against Hager was and is designed to intimidate, to suppress debate. Rod Oram calls shame on dirty politics and the people who perpetrate it.
Written By: - Date published: 12:54 pm, October 23rd, 2014 - 14 comments
One of the features of recent weeks has been the remarkable success of the online fund raising to allow Nicky Hager required to challenge the police raid. My partner Lyn has similarly had success in raising money for her to transfer skills to charity workers in India. I am now resigned to living on my own for a time while she does good works elsewhere.
Written By: - Date published: 8:02 am, October 10th, 2014 - 189 comments
The Hager defence fund stands at over
$41,000 $43,000 $44,000 and still climbing. But some mean-spirited wingnuts are trying to have it shut down…
Written By: - Date published: 4:20 pm, October 9th, 2014 - 89 comments
It looks like even the police can sense the rank smell coming off their theft of Nicky Hager’s systems and documents. They ignored a complaint about Cameron Slater two years ago. But the police are still on a holiday. This looks like a limp PR exercise by the police to prove that they aren’t John Key’s poodles. Updated.
Written By: - Date published: 8:06 am, October 9th, 2014 - 33 comments
The legal defense fund for Nicky Hager is approaching
$20,000 $25,000 $35,000 $40,000. Why not help it over the line?
Written By: - Date published: 12:09 pm, October 8th, 2014 - 77 comments
The legal defense fund for Nicky Hager is about to hit
$20,000 $25,000. Why not give a little?
Written By: - Date published: 9:16 am, October 7th, 2014 - 241 comments
Hager has said that he will go to prison rather than reveal the identity of the Rawshark / Whaledump hacker.
Written By: - Date published: 3:00 pm, September 13th, 2014 - 22 comments
Action Station want to run a full-page ad in the Herald calling on politicians to clean up NZ politics. (Update: only $580 needed! Let’s do it!)
Written By: - Date published: 3:53 pm, September 11th, 2014 - 47 comments
In a series of tweets Giovanni Tiso has highlighted important issues concerning the relationship between the media and National as disclosed by Dirty Politics.
Written By: - Date published: 12:49 pm, September 3rd, 2014 - 41 comments
No. Not Pete George. Instead Andrew Geddis appears to be up to his neck in the mire of organising “Debating ‘Dirty Politics': Media, Politics and Law”, at a ‘scholarly’ debate on Friday from 1pm-4pm. It is a long-winded scholarly debate inside work hours. But it will be streamed on youtube and hopefully not only live.
Written By: - Date published: 8:02 am, August 31st, 2014 - 170 comments
National’s dirty politics, for all its corrosive damage, also marks an opportunity for NZ. An opportunity to take stock, recognise such tactics for what they are, and reject them. An opportunity to clean up both politics and the media’s coverage of it.
Written By: - Date published: 9:07 am, August 30th, 2014 - 44 comments
The latest Dominion Post contains survey data on people’s responses to Dirty Politics but attempts to manufacture a message by quoting selected interviews suggesting that Labour and not National have been hurt by Hager’s revelations. The headlines though are that half of all New Zealanders think less highly of John Key and 7.9% of voters are considering changing their vote. National should be afraid.
Written By: - Date published: 2:23 pm, August 27th, 2014 - 65 comments
“Dirty Politics” and “The Hollow Men” have revealed the extent of the National party’s nasty internal war over the past decade. Cameron Slater is merely one of the noisier but dumber sock puppet weapons in use against National’s centre and moderates. Looking at the actions of Simon Lusk using his sock puppet is more revealing…
Written By: - Date published: 9:18 pm, August 25th, 2014 - 20 comments
A public meeting meeting with Jesson Prize winner Nicky Hager will be held Wednesday 27th August, 7.30pm, at the Mt Eden War Memorial Hall (Cnr Dominion Rd & Balmoral Rd). If you can’t make it, we will be streaming the lecture.
Written By: - Date published: 9:54 am, August 23rd, 2014 - 72 comments
Key is responsible for the release of SIS briefing notes to Cameron Slater – one of the main issues summarised in Dirty Politics. Here’s the timeline in detail.
Written By: - Date published: 12:17 pm, August 20th, 2014 - 16 comments
John Key has been running a pretty simple diversion strategy over the past week asserting that Labour knew about Hager’s book (they didn’t), that they aren’t interested in policy (our mailbox is full of their policies), and that the public will ignore the book (our stats are skyhigh). He is a loser. Rob Salmond puts his view.
Written By: - Date published: 11:46 am, August 20th, 2014 - 21 comments
Pot pourri, grab bag… Nicky Hager’s sister’s response, Media Take, John Key’s wanting to talk about policy, political passion, at the end of the day…
Written By: - Date published: 8:46 am, August 19th, 2014 - 25 comments
BLip has a look at Aaron Bhatnagar and his role in the disgusting events documented in “Dirty Tricks”. In particular the way that Judith Collins seems to have rewarded her crony Cameron Slater’s mate on the taxpayers purse.
Written By: - Date published: 3:04 pm, August 18th, 2014 - 40 comments
John Key is sticking to his defensive strategy: deny everything, label Hager’s book a smear campaign, and – when pressed on specific allegations – say he doesn’t know the details. There is of course a very easy way for Mr Key to become acquainted with the details, which he doesn’t seem keen to do, and that’s to simply ask the right people….
Written By: - Date published: 1:57 pm, August 18th, 2014 - 43 comments
Has Jordan Williams been dumped from Franks & Oglivie? Or is it merely coincidence that he disappeared from the web pages within days of the release of “Dirty Politics”? Could this be contributing to his foul mood?
Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, August 18th, 2014 - 37 comments
Andrea Vance has reported that as late as last week Jason Ede still had access to the Beehive. And Key’s replies to her questions concerning this suggest that there is a lot that he does not know. It makes you wonder why he can be so insistent that Nicky Hager’s allegations are wrong when he has such little information.