Goff admits he leaked, gets slap on hand with wet bus ticket

Phil Goff has issued an apology admitting he leaked the contents of the IGIS report.

As is usual a politician gets a slap on the hand with a wet bus ticket, whereas if anyone else had leaked such a document they would likely be prosecuted.

The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Cheryl Gwyn, has accepted an unreserved apology from Hon Phil Goff MP for disclosing some of the contents of her recent Report into the Release of Information by the NZSIS in July and August 2011 to media prior to its publication.

The Inspector-General will not take the matter any further.

All witnesses, including Mr Goff, were subject to a confidentiality order of the Inspector-General. The order was made to ensure fairness and the integrity of the inquiry. The disclosure of the report by Mr Goff was in breach of the order.

While no classified information was disclosed, Mr Goff’s disclosure led to premature media reporting on the content of the report, to the detriment of other witnesses to the inquiry, particularly those adversely affected by the report. Ms Gwyn said this was unfair to those witnesses, and she would be taking steps to ensure there was greater clarity around release protocols and legal obligations for future reports.  

“I have met with Mr Goff and received a full and unreserved apology, in person and in writing. I have accepted that apology, and do not intend to take this matter further.”

Ms Gwyn would also be writing to media organisations that published details of the report to remind them of obligations under the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act.

“The Inspector-General has significant powers to inquire into sensitive matters, and make adverse findings which may have a material impact on individuals. The obligations around confidentiality are necessary to ensure natural justice and fairness. It is important these obligations are respected.”

In the mean time, Cameron Slater and John Key must not communicate, because that is actually lawful.

But given that Phil Goff has now issued his only apology this year you do have to ask What it is that Cheryl Gwyn has over Phil Goff in order to force an apology like that? That said, what does Phil Goff have over Cheryl Gwyn that he gets off breaching the Inquiries act without prosecution?

I wonder if a private prosecution could be taken?

 

– Scoop


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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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