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Bradley Ambrose

Bradley Ambrose

The Tea tape scandal is an incident involving the New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and ACT Party candidate John Banks, during the New Zealand general election campaign in 2011…  After publicly meeting for some time, media were asked to leave. A journalist, Bradley Ambrose, left his recording device behind, and subsequently gave the recording of the politicians’ conversation to the Herald on Sunday newspaper, which declined to publish it...

The politicians involved considered that their private conversation had been illegally recorded. John Key and the National Party said that it appeared that the Herald had deliberately recorded the conversation, and described it as “News of the World-style tactics“, however journalists argued that that the recording was in the public interest and should therefore be released. Following a police complaint laid by John Key, search warrants were issued by police to media outlets to obtain all unreleased media involving the taping.

In March 2012 Ambrose wrote a letter to John Key and John Banks expressing regret that he had released the recording to the newspaper, and the police decided to issue a warning rather than prosecute.

The recording was leaked online on 26 January 2012.



So our face of the day said sorry AFTER the recording had been leaked online and because of his apology he was warned rather than prosecuted. He got off very lightly in other words, after illegally recording them and invading their privacy and then releasing it online for the world to listen to.

So how does Bradley two years later react? He blames John Key for his loss of work after the scandal and is suing John Key for 1.2 Million dollars because he

…lost tens of thousands of dollars as work dried up during the scandal.

-NZ Herald

Sooo no personal responsibility then? This is as ridiculous as if the hacker of Cameron’s personal communications sued him for saying mean things about him and causing him to lose IT contracts.


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