Prime Minister Helen Clark today dismissed
the Leader of the Opposition’s assertions about the Bali
bombing as the desperate tactics of a leader under siege
trying to get a headline.
“As has been said ad nauseum by
the United States itself, it had no specific information
about a terrorist attack on Bali at that time. If it had
such information, it would have issued a warning.
said in the House yesterday, you cannot issue warnings
unless you have information. Like the United States,
Australia and all other countries with nationals affected by
this tragedy, New Zealand had no information on which to
base a specific warning.
“I can also say that New Zealand
has been assured by its close intelligence partners that any
information that they have on terrorism which might impact
on our interests is made available to us.
attempts to make political capital out of this tragedy will
be widely condemned by all those who find this kind of
politicking distasteful in the extreme,” Helen Clark
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