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Images & Audio: Nicky Hager’s New Book Other People’s Wars

Images & Audio: Nicky Hager’s New Book Other People’s Wars

Nicky Hager's book launch press conference.
Video credit: Anne Russell

Nicky Hager’s new book Other People’s Wars: New Zealand in Afghanistan, Iraq and the war on terror was released today at 9am by Craig Potton Publishing. A press conference was held at noon at Victoria University’s Rutherford House. The book details the activities of the New Zealand military and intelligence agencies in the Middle East since 9/11. In usual Hager style, it takes much evidence from with leaked classified military and intelligence documents, supplemented by interviews with soldiers and senior military officials.

According to the book, military decisions are often made without reference to the wishes of the elected government. “People assume that politicians make decisions, but often they’re busy, ill-informed or actively excluded.…The worst decisions were made by senior officials and military officers, often without [the ministers’] knowledge.”—senior NZ government official.

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