No wonder Giovanni Tiso wants Karl du Fresne silenced.
Look at this analysis of dirty politics:
What makes me suspicious is that whoever hacked Slaterâ€™s emails subsequently beganÂ drip-feeding them on Twitter in a carefully phased operation obviously calculated to cause maximum political damage. As TV3 political editor Patrick GowerÂ pointed out, that required a high degree of political and media savvy.
Suspicion has fallen on Kim Dotcom (hardly surprising, given that he boasted at the weekend about hacking the German chancellorâ€™s credit rating), but both Dotcom and Hager strenuously deny his involvement.
Whoeverâ€™s responsible, it began to lookÂ less like the work of someone who had spontaneously attacked Slaterâ€™s email account out of anger at the â€śferalâ€ť headline, and more like an example of the political â€śblack opsâ€ť that Hager supposedly despises.
Hagerâ€™s role in the affair has largely escaped critical scrutiny. He has been a trenchant critic of clandestine surveillance of private communications in the past â€“ indeed, wrote a book about it. Yet here he is, using stolen emails to write a book whose publication is timed to derail a party he obviously opposes.