Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Hager links PM, Whaleoil in pre-election Dirty Politics book

Hager links PM Key and Whaleoil in election eve 'Dirty Politics' book

By Pattrick Smellie

Aug. 13 (BusinessDesk) - A member of Prime Minister John Key's press office, Jason Ede, hacked into Labour Party computers and stole donor and membership information, according to a new book by political journalist and activist Nicky Hager.

Ede then bragged to right-wing Auckland blogger Cameron Slater, known as "Whaleoil", about using transient internet addresses to hide his tracks, it says.

Hager's book, "Dirty Politics", is at least the third political expose he has published in the lead-up to an election, and appears based heavily on emails and other documents stolen from Slater, most likely during a "denial of service" attack that took the Whaleoil Beef Hooked blog site offline earlier this year, around the time of the launch of the Internet Party.

Slater had created wide offence at the time by claiming the death in a car crash of a West Coast man, whom he labelled a "feral", had done the world a favour.

Subsequently, Hager was offered "thousands and thousands of communications between Cameron Slater and his network of National Party collaborators", on which the book is based.

He told a crowd of 250 who packed into the launch event at a Wellington bookshop that the book would amaze readers as each chapter showed "grubbier and grubbier" political behaviour of a kind not seen since the days of the 1975-84 National Party government of then Prime Minister Robert Muldoon.

"You are not going to believe what you read and how bloody awful it is," he said, with emails showing activity going to the "ninth floor of the Beehive", the Prime Minister's Office, at the same time as Key has "cultivated a very respectable image of being friendly and relaxed, which is true, but at the same time there is another side to his politics that New Zealanders may have smelt but they haven't seen evidence."

This was a "second track of politics", in which "the Prime Minister's Office was collaborating week by week and year by year with a group of National Party allies and proxies who would do their attacks for them."

"What people haven't understood is that side by side (with) the friendly, relaxed leader of the party has been the most vigorous, negative campaigning and personal attacks that we've seen since the age of Muldoon or before," Hager said.

Chapter 2 of the book relates email exchanges between Ede and Slater following the discovery by a member of then Labour leader David Shearer's office, John Pagani, that one of the IP addresses for hacks into the Labour database was registered to National Party headquarters.

According to the book's reprinted emails, Ede emailed Slater on June 14, 2014, to note Slater "stood out like dog's balls because of your damn Mac!" as Pagani tracked the hackers by "matching IP neighbourhoods and the types of computer we use."

"In my case," wrote Ede, "I wish to offer a hearty sigh and celebrate dynamic IP addresses."

Slater, who is about to launch a privately funded news service, was quoted publicly accusing Pagani and others of lying, when confronted at the time.

A spokeswoman for Key said she could not comment on whether Ede still works in the Prime Minister's Office, saying "I'm not sure of his official title at the moment, but he's still involved."

Key has yet to respond. Green Party MPs took to social media immediately to push a message to "clean up New Zealand politics."

Hager has attempted to influence previous elections. In 2005, he published "The Hollow Men", which exposed links between then National Party leader Don Brash and wealthy members of the religiously conservative Exclusive Brethren sect. In 2002, Hager's so-called "Corngate" expose on genetic modification embarrassed then Labour Prime Minister Helen Clark.

Whereas Brash successfully sought interim injunctions against the publication of The Hollow Men, tonight's launch was unimpeded by court action, although no review or sale copies were distributed until the launch event.

(BusinessDesk)

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Future Brighter Money: RBNZ Releases New Bank Note Designs

New Zealand’s banknotes are getting brighter and better, with the Reserve Bank today unveiling more vibrant and secure banknote designs which will progressively enter circulation later next year. More>>

ALSO:

Commerce: Supermarket Inquiry Finds No Breaches By Countdown

The Commerce Commission inquiry into anti-competitive behaviour by Countdown supermarkets, alleged by former Labour Party MP Shane Jones, has found nothing to warrant prosecution, although it warns supermarkets to take care in the way they communicate... More>>

ALSO:

Crown Accounts: English Flags ‘Challenge’ To Budget Surplus

Finance Minister Bill English is warning next month’s half yearly fiscal and economic update from the Treasury may not forecast a budget surplus, saying that returning the government’s accounts to surplus in 2015 will be “a challenge”, given the decline in commodity prices and weak global inflation. More>>

ALSO:

March 2015: Netflix To Launch In Australia And New Zealand

World’s Leading Internet Television Network to Offer Original Series, Movies, Documentaries, Stand-Up Comedy Specials and TV Shows for Low Monthly Price More>>

ALSO:

Price Of Cheese (Is Up): Dairy Product Prices Fall To Five-Year Low

Dairy product prices fell in the latest GlobalDairyTrade auction to the lowest level in more than five years, led by declines in rennet casein and skim milk powder. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Australians Scoring Trade Points Against Us With The Chinese

It hasn’t been a great year for Trade Minister Tim Groser... To top it off, Australia has just signed a FTA with China that has far better provisions on dairy exports than what New Zealand currently enjoys in our own FTA with China. More>>

ALSO:

Iwi & Local Consultation: Oil And Gas Block Offer 2015 Begins

Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges today announced the start of the Block Offer 2015 process for awarding oil and gas exploration permits. More>>

Industrial Action: Stats NZ Throwing Public Money Away Duplicating Data

The Public Service Association (PSA) says Statistics NZ are throwing money away by collecting the same data twice for official statistics such as the Consumer Price Index... As part of the ongoing industrial action, field interviewers who are PSA members are continuing to collect data, but are not sending it through to Statistics NZ. More>>

ALSO:

Other Stats:

Space: Rosetta's 'Philae' Makes Historic First Landing On A Comet

After more than a decade traveling through space, a robotic lander built by the European Space Agency has made the first-ever soft landing of a spacecraft on a comet. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Standards New Zealand

Standards New Zealand
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news