Is that all?

The go to boys for releasing stolen and illegal data, TV3, breathlessly released…well…nothing.

Just like with the tea-pot tapes they are all mouth and no trousers.

3 News has been contacted by a computer hacker who claims he has gained access to the personal email account of foreign affairs minister Murray McCully.

The hacker says he’s from a Russian group called the Comrades, and that the emails were taken as part of an international hunt for military secrets.

Emails from Mr McCully were made public after his account was hacked last year, which was initially blamed on the Anonymous internet group.

However, Comrades has now taken responsibility, telling 3 News that Government security “is very easy to bypass”.

Mr McCully is about to oversee up to $40 million in cuts at the ministry, where 300 people could lose their jobs.

One email sent to him from an unnamed insider complains of “mindless wasteful admin crap from Wellington” and tells the minister to “take a look at the MFAT phone book as it shows who is doing what”.

The email also criticises a pacific secretariat that gets $5 million in taxpayer funding but
“one meeting had 176 attendees for 6 days and cost $250,000 for almost no result”, and says “some outfit” supported by New Zealand aid flew a person to Noumea to give a 12 minute presentation.

It is quite possible that Murray McCully is the world’s first politician to have his reputation enhanced by the release of hacked emails.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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