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False Accusation Won't Get To The Truth

"Defence Minister Mark Burton has impugned the integrity of a former senior and respected public servant by accusing him of political motivation in releasing the Gordon letter to me," National's Defence spokesperson Max Bradford said today.

Mr Burton has asserted that former deputy secretary of defence Robin Johansen had affiliations with the National Party.

"I am advised Mr Johansen has never had affiliation with any political party. He has never been a member of the National Party, let alone an office holder. Mr Burton is simply using a cheap political shot to take the pressure off his handling of the defence portfolio.

"The Government's approach to attack Mr Johansen and Brigadier Marshall for revealing details of an Army conspiracy to subvert defence funding and policy is simply avoiding their responsibility.

"Mr Burton and the Prime Minister should be dealing to the conspirators, including Col Gordon the author of the letter and the head of the Army who has been found guilty of shredding official documents and inappropriately accessing an MP's personal file.

"Mr Burton's concern for due process which led to the suspension of Brigadier Marshall should lead him to suspend Colonel Gordon and Major-General Dodson as well. To do anything less is simply a double standard, and will only confirm the suspicion that Mr Burton has something to hide," Mr Bradford said.


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