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10:54 am, September 8th, 2014 - 19 comments
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A significant element in the fallout from Dirty Politics, is the apparent disappearance of Jason Ede, a staffer at the PM’s office in the past. We are told they he now works for the National Party. The fact the he hasn’t fronted up to answer questions about his role as alleged in Dirty Politics, suggests a bit of a cover up. Selwyn Manning has posted a request for Ede to contact him or other journalists.
Some people believe that the remaining unpublished emails that were given to Matt Nippert, Patrick Gower and David Fisher, implicate Jason Ede (and hence the PM’s office) in the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy. The VRWC are a self named group of National Party people and associates, that seeded smear/attack stories against their opponents in blogs such as that of Whale Oil and Kiwiblog. These were then picked up by mainstream media outlets in a coordinated and covert and anti-democratic campaign.
The Prime Minister may be forced to disclose who in his office was briefed about the release of SIS information to blogger Cameron Slater.
Last month Newstalk ZB released papers that indicated Mr Key had been directly briefed about the 2011 release that centred on information about SIS briefings given to then Labour leader Phil Goff.
In response to this, Key made his barely credible claim that when Warren Tucker (former SIS director) said he briefed the PM, it meant he briefed his office, and not necessarily the PM personally.
Newstalk ZB’s asked the Office of the Ombudsman to investigate this decision, a request the Chief Ombudsman has agreed to.
They are seeking a response from the Prime Minister by the end of this week.
And the Chief Ombudsman is also poised to look at the activities of the offices of both John Key and former Cabinet Minister Judith Collins and email correspondence passed on by them to right wing bloggers.
That investigation will centre on information passed on directly, as well as information passed from both offices to National Party staffer Jason Ede.
Whatever unpublished Rawshark emails are held by the NZ Herald, 3 News and Fairfax journalists, there will need to be further investigations into the people implicated in the emails, and Hager’s Dirty Politics book.
A full, wide ranging independent inquiry is needed. it requires a Royal Commission.
And the best way to ensure this is to change the government this election.
Integrity, and a transparently non-corrupt government should be at the heart of democratic governance. It is an election issue: