SIS inquiry results to be public

via ODT

via ODT

Felix Marwick at Newstalk ZB reports

The Prime Minister is promising findings from an inquiry into the SIS’s release of information to blogger Cameron Slater will be made public.

The law governing the inquiry being run by the Inspector General of Intelligence and Security states it’s findings can only be released with the consent of its minister – in this case John Key.

He says details will be forthcoming.

“Yes, I mean the only advice I would take for her if there was any particularly sensitive information that she needed to redact – I can’t see why it would be the case it would be redacted.

“But outside that yes, it’s got to be in the public domain.”

Let’s jump ahead.  The left will call it a cover-up and a political hit on Goff, the right will think it a cover-up because it will look nothing damaging came of it, and the general public will be none the wiser.

Why?

Because there is nothing that we don’t already know.  When no new information comes from an inquiry, it looks remarkably like a cover up.

The only person that’s going to be nervous is going to be Phil Goff.  He, after all, has admitted to interfering in the OIA process, whereas I was the (apparently very much belated) recipient of its results.

No matter the amount of spin the media and Labour have been chucking at this, it is any citizen’s right to submit a request for information under the Official Information Act.

There is no question it was “leaked” as Goff claims.  You do not “leak” an OIA response.  But in the hubbub of Dirty Politics, Key had to shut this line of attack down by calling an inquiry.

It’s been a huge waste of time and money, and the outcome will please nobody.   Except me, of course.


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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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