New Ombudsman opinion on John Banks' electoral funding
New Ombudsman opinion
The Ombudsman has released
his opinion that the public interest requires release of the
majority of the statement given by John Banks to the Police.
The statement relates to alleged irregularities in electoral
funding donations for the 2010 Auckland Super City Mayoral
election. Information from the statement will be released on
the Ombudsman’s recommendation, but only after the
relevant court proceedings have been concluded, to protect
Mr Banks’ right to a fair trial. You can read Professor
Paterson’s opinion here.
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On The Glenn Greenwald Revelations
The problem with Key’s belated plea for trust – and with his claim that Kim Dotcom is the only person here disclosing information for political purposes – is that Key patently did not behave honestly last year when the GCSB legislation was being was going through Parliament.
For example: New Zealanders were never told that the GCSB was scoping out a system of mass surveillance, one that had got to the stage of power points and pdfs and a working relationship with the NSA to enable its implementation. Instead, Key was assuring us that a system of mass surveillance was not an issue, never had been etc etc And that the GCSB law change was merely a matter of tidying up the precious law.
Tonight we will see Greenwald’s evidence. Yet in terns of basic logic, Key’s claims appear implausible. More>>