RNZ Audio: Reaction To New Nicky Hager Book
Aduio courtesy of Radio New Zealand National
Nine to Noon on Friday 2 September 2011 Nicky Hagar's new book has brought indignant responses from many former and current senior military officials and politicians. Investigative reporter Jon Stephenson, who's worked extensively in Afghanistan, and co-director of Waikato University's Department of International Relations and Security Studies Dr Ron Smith join the programme.
Morning Report on Friday 2 September 2011 The author of Other People's Wars, Nicky Hager, joins the programme to defend the credibility of his book and the former Chief of Defence Force from early 2002 to 2006, Sir Bruce Ferguson, responds.
Green Party MP Keith Locke believes the claims in Hagar's book warrant further action and the Labour Party leader Phil Goff, who was the Minister of Defence for some of the period detailed in the book, joins the programme. (808)
Our reporter Steve Wilde visited the New Zealand's Bamiyan base in Afghanistan back in 2006 and recalls his impressions. (450)
The Governor General, Lieutenant-General, Sir Jerry Mateparae fields questions on Nicky Hagar's claims, the PM does the same and the Chief of the New Zealand Defence Force from early 2002 to 2006, Air Marshal Sir Bruce Ferguson, joins the programme to give his account of this period in New Zealand's military history.
Former top brass from the Defence force are rubbishing allegations made by the author Nicky Hager about New Zealand troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Checkpoint 01 Sep 2011: The Defence Force is accused of misleading Ministers about what it's been doing in Afghanistan in a new book by Nicky Hager, which also claims the New Zealand base in Bamiyan province houses a secret CIA operation.
The Prime Minister John Key says he has not read Nicky Hager's book and is dismissive of it's claims. (114)
A veteran security academic is rejecting claims that the Defence Force defied Government orders and misled Ministers over its operations in war zones. (618)