Good Grief, it’s that mythical amorphous hard to identify Labour Staffer. Again!

Tracey Watkins writes

It appears we have found the scapegoat that neither needs finding nor firing

Over the course of months, most of Wellington’s elite were summoned to a meeting room deep within the central city tower building occupied by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and asked to swear on oath that they did not leak documents detailing plans to gut the organisation.

Seated across the table was former Commerce Commission boss Paula Rebstock, usually with a staffer by her side.

Others were ordered to phone in or give evidence by video conference from every corner of the globe.

Some of those summoned to account for themselves report it was a “hostile and intimidating” atmosphere. Others who insist they are not so easily intimidated admit they found it unpleasant if nothing else.

Good to hear.  Not supposed to be pleasant.  

Eighteen months and $500,000 later, the inquiry admitted on Thursday it had failed to find any conclusive evidence pointing to one person as the leaker.

But it voiced “strong suspicion” that the leaks which sparked the inquiry, three sensitive Cabinet papers, originated not from Mfat but the State Services Commission. It fingered a former Labour Party staffer working there as a temp as the likely culprit.

Reading between the lines, they know exactly who it is, but they don’t have enough to nail “the Staffer”.


The inquiry investigated that leak but surprisingly had little to say about it other than it was probably done by a contractor.

Let’s make sure that contractor’s name goes around the industry to make the work dry up.  Anyone who contracts who can’t even keep basic confidentiality is, and should be, unemployable.

Plain and simple.


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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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