Manufactured Herald story about Winston busted by Police

Winston Peters claims have been dismissed by the Police, essentially saying he has lied, and because he based his outrageous claims off of a Herald on Sunday article that they lied too.

NZ Police have received a number of requests for a copy of the Operation Carlton (“tea pot tapes”) investigation file.  An appropriately redacted copy of the file was provided to Mr Ambrose’s legal team in June 2012 as part of the disclosure process.

However, a number of allegations were made by Mr Winston Peters on 7 August 2013 in relation to statements made in the Police file.   After receiving further requests this week and considering relevant factors under the Official Information Act, NZ Police are releasing relevant extracts from the file.  These extracts are reproduced in full below.

Police confirm again that there are no references in the Police file to accessing Mr Peter’s phone records, nor is there any consideration of an application to access his records. 

The same press release also make a lie of the claims by the Herald on Sunday that:

Now, police have been forced, under the Official Information Act, to supply their investigation file – which stretched to several hundred pages long.

It’s clear from the police press release that the file only went to Ambrose’s team, no one else. So how did it get to David Fisher and the Herald on Sunday referring to sighting the file. There can only be one way…And who told Winston Peters? Was there really an OIA request or did someone make that up?

Winston Peters, and his media flunkies have been caught pants down with this information. Reporting the news or manufacturing it?

No wonder no one trusts the media. Who holds them to account when they manipulate salient facts and obscure pertinent details?


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