The government has tried a good old fashioned Friday Document Dump (doesn’t work so well these days!), releasing the email correspondence relating to Henry Inquiry. See the press release on Scoop, with links to pdfs of the emails between “Inquiry Administrator” and “Parliamentary Service”.
Oh look – the Dunne / Vance emails were passed to the enquiry. Peter Dunne is pissed:
Dunne considers legal action over emails
United Future leader Peter Dunne says he is considering legal advice in light of the revelation email exchanges between him and journalist Andrea Vance were released to the GCSB inquiry.
Documents released today show Parliamentary Services did provide emails between the two to the David Henry-led inquiry into the leaking of the GCSB report.
Dunne says he is “shocked beyond belief” the emails were handed over.
“While I understand this was an inadvertent action […] this is a serious breach of privacy nevertheless as no approval had been given or even sought for access to this material.”
“I am extremely concerned and angry about this gross, unauthorised breach of personal privacy, especially since it was my refusal to authorise access to the content of those emails that brought about my resignation as a Minister.”
A statement from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) chief Andrew Kibblewhite says the documents were “mistakenly” sent to the inquiry headed by David Henry, which was looking into the leaking of a GCSB report on May 21.
“Parliamentary Services recalled the email with the file within an hour of it being sent and the DPMC staff member assisting the inquiry then deleted the email without opening the attachment.”
Still buying the “inadvertently” line Peter? Really?
First they didn’t release the phone records. Then they did. They didn’t release the emails. Then they did.
The enquiry got all this information “inadvertently” (why? how?) and never even opened it? Really? Really? So how come Peters was so well informed? I for one am losing track of the lies here. This is a rogue government. Does whatever it wants to and then lies about it.
No doubt we can expect the same levels of honesty, oversight and competence when the Key-Dunne spying bill extends the potential for spying to us all. You’re still in favour of that are you Peter? Really?