Posts by Russell Brown

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    The first tranche of messages from Hager’s source is available for viewing here.

    - It seems to identify as many as SIX email addresses as belonging to Ede.

    - Seems to quite clearly show Slater feeding Ede information to identify activists, including Jolyon White, using ninth-floor Ministerial Services resources.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    Danyl on the "suspicous burglaries" spin.

    Farrar's post, which amazingly completely leaves out the fact that National MP (and darling of the Lusk-Slater set) was burgled *last year*.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    This week's __Media Take_ (and a post I'll write on Tuesday) will be in part about the responses of other journalists and broadcasters -- which have by no means all been bad. The pissed-off younger Gallery members who quizzed Key in this extraordinary 20-minute standup were righteous.

    But some older media people dismissing the whole book -- including evidence that sitting Ntional MPs paid Lusk and Slater to destroy their opponents in selection contests -- just really need to take a good, hard look at themselves.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Sacha,

    Whatever the wider implications, the book has had a profound effect on me, personally. Something that doesn’t come across in the news coverage about Dirty Politics, and Cameron Slater, Jason Ede, Jordan Williams, Simon Lusk et al is just how fucking awful these people are. They spend their lives trying to poison and contaminate our politics.

    I've been dwelling on this too. When I got off the plane in Christchurch yesterday, having read most of the book on the flight from Auckland, I actually felt shocked at how hideous these people had been shown to be. Like Danyl, I think the book has had a significant impact on me. I've been on civil terms with some people in the wider circle. I'm not sure I have it in me to do that any more. Fuck them.

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  • Speaker: Confidential information: the…, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    Of course it doesn’t stop the people doing those things being absolute twatcocks even if what they do can be defended by a lawyer.

    I think this is really the point. It might be successfully argued that it's not actually illegal. But was it ethical or appropriate behaviour for someone being paid by the taxpayer?

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Keir Leslie,

    Yeah I think the Law Society needs to ask serious questions about her behaviour there.

    Note that Jordan Williams is also a lawyer. In New Zealand.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    David Farrar has now basically acknowledged to me that a call centre worker probably took home the two scripts and gave them to Hager.

    This whole "hacked or spied on" thing is disingenuous bullshit. But, of course, more than enough to bamboozle a newspaper journalist. Fucksake.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    Just a note: the book does not actually say Collins was behind the prisoner transfer. The allegation is against a prison officer. P46 and footnote 10, p144.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Sacha,

    When I put it to him that it looked like a leak by an employee, as the footnotes in the book actually say, he said "I regard it as spying" and that someone must have taken work with Curia specifically to get information. If all they managed was a couple of scripts that were handed out to call centre workers and read out over the phone to thousands of people, they were a really shit spy.

    I'm calling conscious misdirection.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    David Farrar is now claiming to have been “hacked or spied on" because two scripts (one for polling, one for canvassing calls for Louise Upston) used by Curia are quoted in the book.

    But surely these are documents he gives to humans to read out over the phone to other humans? I don’t get where hacking of his computers is required at all. It seems far more likely that someone simply leaked them. And it someone was to go to the trouble of hacking Farrar’s systems, wouldn’t they take much more interesting stuff than two things that weren’t exactly a secret anyway?

    And, in fact the footnotes for the Farrar chapter explain this: they say Hager's source was "an employee".

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