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4:11 pm, May 10th, 2016 - 128 comments
Categories: blogs, Dirty Politics, The Standard - Tags: #dirtypolitics, ben rachinger, cameron slater, dirty politics, justice, name supression
As reported by Newshub:
Whale Oil blogger revealed as man behind hack plot
Newshub can reveal controversial right-wing blogger Cameron Slater was at the centre of a plot to hack political website The Standard.
His motivation was to embarrass and undermine Labour leader Andrew Little by unmasking anonymous contributors to the site he claimed were connected to the party.
Slater, who writes the Whale Oil blog, was charged with attempting to procure access to a computer system for a dishonest purpose on December 17 last year. However, court orders prevented the media revealing his identity, detailing the exact charge against him or naming the website involved.
IT consultant Ben Rachinger was charged at the same time, accused of deceiving Slater out of $1000. Suppression orders also meant Newshub couldn’t connect that charge, Slater and The Standard plot that was first revealed on TV3’s The Nation.
Slater sought a court order to keep his name and the details of this case secret forever. However Newshub and others, including the owner of The Standard, fought him in court and won.
TV3’s The Nation last year revealed hundreds of encrypted texts between Rachinger and Slater discussing “the mission”. Slater paid a $1000 down payment for the hack. The contract for the cyber break-in was worth a total of $5000 on completion. But the mission was never completed; Rachinger reported the plot to police.
At the time Slater denied any involvement, but has since admitted his role as part of the police diversion scheme that allows some offenders to escape conviction if they admit guilt. …
See also David Fisher in The Herald.
Jessica Williams at The Spinoff doesn’t hold back on the hypocrisy of Slater’s suppression.