Don’t get upset, but Russel is right. But he doesn’t go far enough.
The Prime Minister John Key says he won’t reveal the name given to him as the identity of the hacker known as Rawshark, and won’t pass it on to police.
“In the end if the individual who told me wants to tell the police they are welcome to do that,” Mr Key said at a media conference today.
In a new chapter in John Key: Portrait of a Prime Minister, devoted to this year’s election campaign, Mr Key is quoted as saying: “Someone phoned and told me who the hacker was, but other than having a look at this person, I thought, ‘Oh well … nothing will come of it. Life goes on’.”
Mr Key said today he had learned from the Teapot Tapes scandal in 2011.
“I could spend my life worrying about people who undertake activities to try to discredit the government but at the end of the day it doesn’t take you anywhere.”
Asked whether he thought the police should be focused on investigating potential identities of Rawshark rather than investigating journalist behind the “Dirty Politics” book, Nicky Hager, Mr Key said: “That’s a matter for them…
they run their own inquiries.”
But the fact that Mr Key knows who hacked Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater’s computer and produced the source material for Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics means the Prime Minister’s office and home should be searched by police investigating the matter, Green Party Co-leader Russel Norman says.
On that basis, we also need to search the offices and homes of (not a complete list)
- David Fisher
- Shayne Currie
- Tim Murphy
- Vikram Kumar
- Laila Harre
- Kim Dotcom
- Pam Corkery
- …and many others
And before Russel gets over-excited, I suspect it will get a lot closer to home before it gets anywhere near the National Party.
Let’s do it! You’ve all seen mine, let’s see everyone else’s emails and documents.
Here is the absurd situation: So far only John Key has publicly admitted to knowing who it is, while the people who also know who it is pretend not to.
I wonder why? (Hint: It’s not just the protection of media ‘sources’)
– NZ Herald