AGENDA Highlights 7 October 2006
AGENDA Highlights 7 October
The National Party know who leaked the e-mails from leader Don Brash’s computer, but aren’t saying, according to Foreign Minister Winston Peters.
“An insider stole them from inside the National Party, the National Party know who that person is.”
Speaking on TVOne’s Agenda today, Mr Peters said he had a good idea who the person was, but distanced himself from any wrongdoing in acquiring the e-mails.
He said he knew where they came from “and I’ve got good reason to believe that.”
“Nothing to do with us at all, I’m purely somebody from [when they] said ‘we should give some of these to Winston’. That’s all that’s happened there.
“They came to someone else and someone decided to pass some of them on to me. I don’t know from where but I received them … well, some time ago now.”
Mr Peters said the emails did not contain any personal information but were about policy and private promises to interested parties to implement policies.
He played down the significance of police involvement in investigating the leak.
“If Don Brash knows the person who stole them and is not taking any action, why tell the police?”
One of the French intelligence organisations implicated its rival organisation, the DGSE, in the bombing of the Greenpeace ship, “Rainbow Warrior” in Auckland Harbour in July 1985.
Speaking today on TVOne’s “Agenda”, New Zealand’s co-ordinator of intelligence at the time, Gerald Hensley said the hints were made to New Zealand diplomats in Paris.
They were one of the reasons the New Zealand intelligence organisation focussed their hunt for the bombers on the DGSE.
Mr Hensely’s revelations come at the same time as French politics is debating the role of the brother of possible French presidential candidate, Segolene Royale, in the bombing.
Mr Hensely said: “One of the French agencies gave us a hint … they didn’t tell us all or anything, but they did sort of say ‘look over there’, that kind of hint.”
”I think they disapproved of such a cowboy action, and weren’t averse to giving us a hint.”
Mr Hensley has just published his memoirs, “Final Approaches”.
Attacking Labour MP Colin Moyle as a homosexual was the biggest regret of former PM Sir Robert Muldoon’s life, according to one of his closest confidants.
Former Prime Minister’s Department head, and Secretary of Defence, Gerald Hensley, said his boss’s confession took him somewhat by surprise.
Speaking on TVOne’s Agenda Mr Hensley said: “He told me that it was the thing he most regretted in his life. This was in the darkened cabin of a plane flying back from Tokyo in the middle of the night. We were sitting together and just chatting, and this just popped out. I think he meant it.
“There was something that led up to it, but I didn’t expect him to make that confidence.”
Mr Hensley has just published his memoirs, “Final Approaches.”