Where is Jason Ede?

Written By: - Date published: 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Some people believe that the remaining unpublished emails that were given to Matt Nippert, Patrick Gower and David Fisher, implicate Jason Ede (and hence the PM’s office) in the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy.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.


Felix Marwick of Newstalk ZB reported this morning,

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.

Marwick continues:

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Whatever unpublished Rawshark emails are held by the NZ Herald, 3 News and Fairfax journalists, there will need to be further investigations into the people implicated in the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:

Keep calm vote left



19 comments on “Where is Jason Ede?”

  1. Tom Jackson 1

    If it were a Labour staffer, he would be being hounded by the media every day until he talked.

    I wonder if he’s staying at John Key’s Hawaiian place.

    • Tigger 1.1

      +1 – there would have been a Where’s Jason? banner on the front page of the Herald every day he was still at large.

    • Chris 1.2

      That’d be a fatal mistake for key if it got out – which it would – and which is why he probably isn’t there. But would be wonderful if he was.

  2. Ffloyd 2

    I thought Hawaii as well.

  3. redfred 3

    Patrick Gower named Collins was Mp of the year 2012


    Either he is on the vrwc or is just stupid and lazy journo

    • ghostwhowalksnz 3.1

      Goodness , this is totally uncalled for. You are imitating the worst parts of the Oily Orca

  4. Tracey 4


    I wish this could happen, but am losing faith. Given the attacks on clark, both personal and professional, paintgate and the frothing by nats, act and media over her non role in the peters/glenn thing, I cant help but believe if this were a labour govt, the GG might have stepped in and dissolved it.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 4.1

      Thats quite a ridiculous claim to make. Not in a million years. Hes not a Mike Hosking with a fancy uniform.

      • Tracey 4.1.1

        whitlam was dissolved for, and on, much less and the media would have been savage in reverse based on their attitude to clark from 2007.

        • Rich

          I guess it would depend on whether Clark attempted to raise loans from Iran…..

          • Tracey

            Edward Gough Whitlam AC, QC (/ˈɡɒf ˈwɪtləm/ born 11 July 1916) is an Australian politician who was the 21st Prime Minister of Australia from 1972 to 1975 and the Leader of the Labor Party from 1967 to 1977. Whitlam led Labor to power for the first time in 23 years at the 1972 election; he went on to win the 1974 election before being controversially dismissed by Governor-General Sir John Kerr at the climax of the 1975 Australian constitutional crisis. Whitlam remains the only Australian Prime Minister to have his commission terminated in that manner.

            Whitlam was first elected to Parliament in 1952, representing Werriwa in the House of Representatives. He became Deputy Leader of the Labor Party in 1960, and in 1967, after the retirement of Arthur Calwell, he was elected Leader and became the Leader of the Opposition. After narrowly losing the 1969 election, Whitlam led Labor to victory at the 1972 election after 23 years of continuous Liberal-Country Coalition Government.

            The Whitlam Government implemented a large number of new programs and policy changes, including the elimination of military conscription and criminal execution, institution of universal health care and fee-free university education, and the implementation of legal aid programs. With the Opposition-controlled Senate delaying passage of laws, Whitlam called a double-dissolution election in 1974 which he went on to win, albeit with a slightly reduced majority. However, the Opposition continued to control the Senate, and after becoming emboldened by government scandals and a flagging economy, began to challenge Whitlam again. In late 1975, the Senate prevented the progress of appropriation bills, thus denying the Government supply. Whitlam refused to back down, arguing that his elected Government was being held to ransom by the Senate. The crisis ended on 11 November, when Governor-General Sir John Kerr controversially dismissed Whitlam and commissioned Opposition Leader Malcolm Fraser as caretaker Prime Minister. Labor lost the subsequent election by a landslide.

          • Tracey

            Iran in 1972…

            That would have been the Shah, ally of the western world

            • Rich

              Yes, I was trying to give a contemporary allegory.

              One of the reasons (I think you probably realise) that Whitlam was sacked was because his government were going to the Arab oil producers and talking loans. Kirk dies in government, Whitlam gets sacked and we get the Nugan Hand bank as compensation.


        • ghostwhowalksnz

          Whitlam couldnt get his budget passed !

          You dont seem to checked the legal situation.

          The Governor General was given specfic powers in the Australian Constitution

          In Australia, however, the powers are explicitly given to the Governor-General in the Constitution;
          it is their use that is the subject of convention.[15]

          The reserve powers are:

          The power to dissolve (or refuse to dissolve) the House of Representatives. (Section 5 of the Constitution)
          The power to dissolve Parliament on the occasion of a deadlock. (Section 57)
          The power to withhold assent to Bills. (Section 58)
          The power to appoint (or dismiss) Ministers. (Section 64)


          None of these powers are given to the NZ GG specifically and as we dont have two houses of parliament would never occur

          • redfred

            Nope thats Geffory Palmers take on it other NZ constutional scholars disagree, Ill dig up the reference if you want but it seems it isnt black and white

            To paraphrae the constitutional heavy tomb reference I have in mind

            The NZ Governor General Royal assents to a Bill before it becomes law, naturally therefore they can refuse assent

            Not saying I agree just that their seems to be disagreement above my intellect grade.

    • Draco T Bastard 4.2

      Yep. The RWNJs always make a big song and dance about the minor mistakes that Labour and the left do but they’re infinitely quiet when it’s their side that shown to be totally corrupt.

  5. politikiwi 5

    Here’s the thing I find interesting:
    According to Manning’s article, Jason Ede has obtained a hard copy of the PM’s briefing notes, scanned them, and forwarded them on to Cameron Slater.

    In any job I’ve ever had, I’d have been sacked for doing something like that – and with good reason. The fact that FJK and/or the National party haven’t sacked Ede for behaviour like that means they are, without doubt, complicit in it.

    I mean, Peter Dunne lost his ministerial portfolios over the suspicion of leaking a report to the media (and that report was scheduled to be made public a few days later).

    This whole thing stinks.

  6. stever 6

    Jason’s been learning his lines!!! Hence disappearing from view 🙂

    See the end of : http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11320969

    • Once Was Tim 6.1

      “Jason’s been learning his lines!”

      …..yep. The problem he’s having though (as with most pathological liars) is that as he learns a line in an attempt to legitimise one thread of bullshit, it de-legtimises other threads.
      I must not tell lies
      I must not tell lies
      I must not tell lies
      I must not tell lies

      I don’t actually like his chances of survival actually (I don’t mean in the physical sense)

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