her alleged emails about getting Hager hurt or even killed by angry Chinese business people are illegal
Is it known if she'd have been in Hong Kong at the time of writing that, and would it have relevance if NZ Police investigated? I suppose Hong Kong agencies might be able to take an interest if NZ Police couldn't, but exact interpretation and consequences might vary. I've been trying to browse HK law just now, but haven't resolved anything clearly.
Not to her behaviour in being a judge without disclosing a direct conflict of interest by being a friend of one of the candidates.
Yes, I completely agree.
No one could with a straight face have given an award to the actual story Slater used these means to publish.
The judge who was responsible for that award was apparently Deborah Hill-Cone. It might only be relevant for sensitivity's sake, but she has very recently written a piece about the depression she's been dealing with.
The images show screen shots of Slater’s gmail account via a browser so he’s just managed to get the password from somewhere, maybe Cam uses the same one for things on his website... Obviously he hadn’t/hasn’t enabled the gmail two factor authentication which has been around since early 2011.
On that note, if Cameron Slater never realised that his mailbox and possibly other systems had been intercepted until last week, is there any reason to believe that the same person hasn't continued to have access to his emails, and maybe even still does?
If they're dripping out now, from the original source, there could be further and more recently occurring stuff which Hager hasn't referred to at all.
Unless of course you already know it all
Bingo. What are the options and the available oversight when a PM refuses to investigate serious allegations on the grounds that it’s likely the trail might directly implicate them, or some other selfish reason?
Maybe it is all completely innocent, but there seems enough reason to justify actually finding that out.
People behaving like reasonable, responsible, humane adults you mean.
That, and maybe some practical things to introduce more effective impartial oversight and constraints on what's done by elected officials and staff, and what happens in parliamentary offices.
Looking at how the OIA (or similar) can be applied to the Parliamentary Service could be a good part of this, but maybe wouldn’t have stopped it from happening given how intent everyone involved seemed to be in not being seen, and the way in which Parliament can systematically cripple the Ombudsman whenever it becomes inconvenient. I guess all of this is also dancing with constitutional issues around letting elected officials and their appointed staff do their jobs properly. Y’know, if they actually intend to do their jobs properly, which I’m sure many do.
Where do we start?
Good question. I've had some loose thoughts but answering it right now is beyond me.
Really I’d just be keen to see a serious discussion about it, and with political parties engaged and interested in actually committing to making useful changes.
I really question that diagnosis.
It shouldn’t really be relevant in any case. Cameron Slater might have issues, or he might just be a jerk. Those people exist in all colours and plenty of them post crap on the internet.
The critical stuff that’s come out of this book is that the alleged behaviour of government ministers, parliamentary staff and others in power, in their choices to secretly collude with and support this guy, giving him access to the top levels of government, is both unprofessional and disgusting. Especially considering what’s been known for a long time about who he is, what he’s likely to do, and what sorts of consequences might result.
If “everyone does it”, as the apologists are saying, then it sounds like a perfectly good motivation to fix the system so they can’t, instead of just using the excuse to justify the behaviour as if it should be acceptable from anyone. With that in mind, I’d like to hear some positive things about what policies all parties have towards doing this.
I’m looking for the Dirty Politics webpage, [--snip--] Can someone post a link for me?
Many people use the same passwords everywhere. Easy to imagine that the WhaleOil blog admin account and, say, Slater’s FB account had the same password. So compromising the web server might yield the info needed to compromise things elsewhere.
I’m not a security expert but that was my line of thinking when I read it. It might be something impressive but could be as simple as passwords left lying around or used for multiple roles on a server that he lazily assumed was safe. The simplest explanation to me is that Cameron Slater probably isn’t too assertive with his security measures to begin with.
He has at least one GMail account, which is advertised on his site. If he hadn’t enabled 2-step authentication (which I heartily recommend enabling for any GMail account of any significance), it’s really just a matter of discovering his email password. From there, potential access to any number of other accounts, facebook included, could be as easy as invoking an email password reset.