Winston Peters smells blood in the water: Dunne “leaking like a sieve”

Peters has gone into Winebox mode.  Finally, after a few years of being in the media wilderness, reporters are asking him questions again.

Ousted minister Peter Dunne stands accused of several more classified leaks to a reporter.

NZ First leader Winston Peters – who first accused Dunne of leaking a report into GCSB spying on New Zealand citizens – now claims Dunne disclosed secret ministerial information on four other occasions.

Dunne did not reply to the allegations last night.

Peters told the Herald on Sunday that the United Future leader met Fairfax reporter Andrea Vance “frequently”, possibly including the evening before she published details of the leaked GCSB report on April 9.

“To sum it up in a phrase, there’s no fool like an old fool,” Peters said.

Peters backed up his allegations on Q&A this morning, saying Dunne was “leaking like a sieve”.

Asked if Dunne leaked stories to Vance, Fairfax executive editor Paul Thompson said: “We never talk about our confidential sources. I have no comment whatsoever to make, we won’t be going anywhere near that.”

At Friday’s press conference where he stood down as a minister, Dunne said his relationship with Vance was completely professional.

Asked about his relationship with the former News of the World reporter, Dunne replied: “There is absolutely nothing in that rumour. My relationship with Andrea Vance was professional as is my relationship with any other journalist.”

Hands up any journalists that received anywhere near 84 emails and lots of Tweets from Peter?


I didn’t think so.

Dunne has admitted canvassing the possibility of leaking the GCSB report with Vance but denied actually leaking it.

He tendered his resignation on Friday, after refusing to supply copies of 86 emails between himself and Vance. Instead, he surrendered edited summaries of 41 emails he had sent to her. He refused access to three more emails he had sent her, as well as the 42 emails she sent him.

Political commentator Bill Ralston said yesterday it was unclear whether there was anything other than a typical reporter/politician relationship between Vance and Dunne.

“It is obvious Peter Dunne was very interested in talking to her frequently and she was replying to him. You can’t tell if it was a professional relationship or something else.”

Let’s use the Duck Test shall we?

If it walks like a duck, dresses like a duck….



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