Remember back in January when DPF and I outed The Standard as Labour flunkies, paid bloggers if you will using resources paid for by the Labour Party. The denials flew in thick and fast and every single one of them failed to stand up to scrutiny especially when Mike Williams dropped the lot of them in it.
Well it seems that leopards never change their spots and despite Mike Williams assertions that it as all a dreaful mistake it seems that the fools just can’t help themselves.
Bear with me as I run through this.
There is a domain name, it is labour.co.nz and when you enter it in your browser it takes you to the publicly funded Labour Party site. Now a search of the domain records show up something really rather interesting. The Domain indeed is owned by the the Labour party but with a rather funny address. The address is 1N Burgoyne Street , Newton Auckland. That address just so happens to also be the address of one Lynn Prentice the tech “brains” behind The Standard.
Strange, how can that be, the domain is owned by the Labour Party but has its address registered as the address of the tech person reponsible for it….surely it should have Labour’s HQ address as the registered address?
That is not the only strange thing though. A look through a nslookup query is revealing. The IP address that labour.co.nz is linked to is 220.127.116.11 which also happens to be the IP address for thestandard.org.nz nameservers. So let’s recap. The web address of labour.co.nz is associated with ip address 18.104.22.168 which is also the nameserver address for thestandard.org.nz…this means they reside on the same server.
The links are however much more conclusive. If you do a MX (mail exchange) query for thestandard.org.nz the same IP address comes up, the now familiar 22.214.171.124. So not only is labour.co.nz on the same server it is the same server that holds the nameserver records for thestandard.org.nz but is also the same IP address that thestandard.org.nz routes their email through.
But wait there is more. A MX record nslookup on labour.co.nz shows that it uses several servers for their mail records. They are godknows.primary.geek.nz, netlink.netmike.com, ak3.netmike.com. The netmike.com addresses are owned by the company that Lynn Prentice previously worked (Smartsims International) for and who have previously denied any links to the Labour Party. Now either they lied or Lynn Prentice continues to use their resources to support the Labour Party and the Standard in some despite the CEO of Smartsims categorically assuring me that this was not the case. Those same domans are also used by labour.co.nz as their MX servers.
So back to the mystery 126.96.36.199. Where does that resolve to? Well remember that this is the nameserver of labour.co.nz and also the mail exchange for thestandard.org.nz. So where does it resolve to? 188.8.131.52 resolves to godknows.lynn.gen.nz which is owned by Lynn Prentice.
The Standard and Mike Williams really need to be coming clean about now. There are a number of serious questions that need answering.
1. Did Mike Williams lie when he said h didn’t know who was behind The Standard?
2. Did Mike Williams lie when he said that they had moved off the Labour servers?
3. Why is a publically funded website being linked through IP addresses to a “private” and “unaffliated” group of bloggers at The Standard?
4. Why is labour.co.nz email records being routed through the same server as thestandard.org.nz?
5. Who is paying for Lynn prentice to maintain all of these sites for the Labour Party? and is it the public purse or the Labour Party?
6. Who are behind The Standard and will they reveal themselves before I do?