I haven’t read the Nicky Hager’s book “Dirty Politics” yet. But I’m not surprised that Cameron Slater is up to his neck in pigswill provided by John Key’s dirt merchant Jason Ede. That he has been given information sourced from the SIS is extremely surprising.
I had not thought that John Key was quite that stupid or that much of a risk taker. Evidently I was wrong.
‘As readers will see, there is a very high public interest in the public knowing about the activities revealed in the book. I believe that any news organisation would have jumped at the opportunity to get this material,’ Mr Hager said. For instance:
* During the 2011 election campaign Slater obtained a database of the Labour Party’s members, e-mails and donations, and gleefully attacked the party. What no one knew is that Key’s dirty tricks person, Ede, had helped throughout, including searching inside the Labour Party computers and helping Slater plan the subsequent attacks on Labour. Ede’s office was just two doors from John Key’s and presumably he was using his Ministerial Services computer (Chapter 2).
* In the same election campaign, the prime minister’s office used its knowledge of secret SIS documents to tip off Slater and arrange an attack on the Labour leader (Chapter 3).
* Ede drafted official information act requests for Slater to use in other attacks, for instance against Ministry of Foreign Affairs staff who were in conflict with the government (Chapter 3).
* When the Labour Party leadership race was on last year and getting good publicity, Ede got National Party research staff to prepare an attack on David Cunliffe and other contenders’ policies that was published on David Farrar’s Kiwiblog website the following day (Chapter 9).
* The more the National Government has used Slater, the closer that Key himself has got to the attack blogger. For instance, when most New Zealanders were appalled by Slater’s offensive comments about the West Coast man who died in the car crash, his closest associates rallied to support him. One of those who phoned him and commiserated at that time, according to Slater’s account of the conversation, was John Key (Chapter 12).
It appears that David Farrar was also complicit. This isn’t surprising as it has been evident since this site started that he was operating as a sock-puppet of people inside the National power structure.
Just looking through the summary of the book above, it is clear that several breaches of the law have been regularly happening, including the use of SIS documents to attack political foes. Complaints should be made to the police after the election. This is clearly a set of pernicious and probably illegal actions that John Key should explain to the voting public, including if he intends to continue doing the same dirty politics in the future.
Getting the courts involved would be an obvious way for National to try to gag the debate. We need the journalists to do their job and investigate these allegations. Many of them have probably been aware of these actions in the past and have been unable or unwilling to speak about them. Perhaps they will now that Nicky Hager has laid groundwork.
Needless to say, we don’t do obscene illegal, undemocratic and arrogant crap like this on the left, especially on this site. But it is what we have come to expect from National and it’s sockpuppets.
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