Looks like the Gwyn report, due tomorrow, will confirm the Key government’s abuse of power / dirty politics. From The Herald.
PM’s office pushed Slater to dig up dirt on Goff – report
A report by New Zealand’s intelligence watchdog Cheryl Gwyn has found attack blogger Cameron Slater requested and published politically damaging material about former Labour Leader Phil Goff from the SIS after being instructed to ask for the material by Prime Minister John Key’s staff.
What did Key know and when did he know it?
The Herald understands that after being briefed on the material by Dr Tucker, Mr Key’s then deputy chief of staff Phil de Joux suggested to Jason Ede, another staffer in Mr Key’s office, that he contact Slater suggesting he request information about the Goff briefing.
It is understood the report recommends the SIS apologise to Mr Goff.
The report apparently showed that Mr Slater was on the phone to Mr Ede as he filed the OIA request.
Links don’t get much closer than that.
Those findings appear to confirm much of what was in Dirty Politics.
The book said Mr Ede was used to pass on information to Mr Slater, who then used it to mount attacks against the Government’s political foes.
The report will be released at 10am tomorrow and Mr Goff was to receive an apology from the new director of the SIS, Rebecca Kitteridge.
It will come on the day that the Government introduces the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill, which will give the SIS much greater powers than it has at the moment.
Key is pushing to expand the powers of the agency that has been used to mount attacks on his political opponents. What could possibly be wrong with that?