The ends justifies the means for the left-wing

The left-wing are all over the “Panama Papers”, like white on rice.

They were all over Nicky Hager’s illegal use of my private correspondence.

Both cases involved criminal hackers illegally obtaining private documentation and then shopping that to left-wing activists who laundered the documents, published them and claimed public interest…all as a result of a crime.

But dial back on the personalities and the politics and put what has happened in a different context.

Let’s say a group of criminal defense lawyers kept a database of their confidential conversations with their clients.  That would include clients charged with murder, robbery, DUI, drug abuse, and so on.  In turn, a hacker would break into that database and post the information from those conversations on Wikileaks.  Of course a lot of those conversations would appear to be incriminating because — let’s face it — most of the people who require defense attorneys on criminal charges are in fact guilty.  When asked why the hack was committed, the hacker would say “Most of those people are guilty.  I want to make sure they do not escape punishment.”

How many of us would approve of that behavior?  Keep in mind the hacker is spreading the information not only to prosecutors but to the entire world, and outside of any process sanctioned by the rule of law.  The hacker is not backed by the serving of any criminal charges or judge-served warrants.

Yet somehow many of us approve when the victims are wealthy and higher status, as is the case with the Panama Papers.  Furthermore most of those individuals probably did nothing illegal, but rather they were trying to minimize their tax burden through (mostly) legal shell corporations.  Admittedly, very often the underlying tax laws should be changed, just as we should repeal the deduction for mortgage interest too.  But in the meantime we are not justified in stealing information about those people, even if some of them are evil and powerful, as is indeed the case for homeowners too.

Now all of a sudden it is a terrible crime.

Imagine for a minute that Rawshark and hacked David Fisher’s emails, or Matt Nippert’s. I hazard a guess the other media would have locked step and refused to publish and certainly wouldn’t have gone to town like they did against me. I hadn’t committed any crimes, done anything illegal I was just practicing robust and effective advocacy and politics. My error was to do it for my political beliefs not for theirs.

The Media party who were so complicit in my dealings, were now trying to make sure I went down completely so that their involvement could be hushed up. Nicky Hager said as much too, by not publishing their emails he said they had a chance to redeem themselves. He never said from what…but his objective was clear…as was the Media party…silence Slater, no matter what.

That campaign is still underway. Take Bryce Edwards by way of example. He sends out an email newsletter which is also a column in the NZ Herald.

Yesterday he said this:

And there have been other signs of Labour going overboard in the campaign against National on tax. For example, Trevor Mallard apparently made a major allegation on Twitter against John Key, about his complicity in tax evasion – see David Farrar’s Mallard defames Key and Pete George’s Media ignore Mallard tweet.

Something missing? Both of those posts referenced my post about Trevor Mallard’s awful defamation of John Key via Twitter, and his breach of parliaments standing orders. Yet Edwards and the NZ Herald used other bloggers instead of using my original post about the issue.

Have you wondered why I am no longer on Larry Williams show? An edict was sent down from Jane Hastings office forbidding Larry using me on the show. They never had the courage to tell me to my face, they just stopped ringing. But I have had it confirmed from several NewstalkZB sources that Hastings was angry with my constant pointing out of errors at the NZ Herald and my ongoing holding to account of two of the most dishonest journalists in New Zealand, Matt Nippert and David Fisher.

The reason I bring those two up is because they worked hand in hand with Rawshark, they trawled their way through the stolen documents, and they know precisely who the hacker is. But their ethics are such that trying to destroy me is far more important that making sure a criminal hacker is brought to justice.

Of course Matt Nippert in writing about tax dodging international companies ignored his own publisher and their own tax dodging ways, such is the dishonesty of the Herald.

The point I’m making is that the Media party are all claiming public interest, yet so far there hasn’t been a single example provided of wrong doing in the Panama Papers, just like there wasn’t a single instance of wrong-doing in Dirty Politics.


– Marginal Revolution

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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.