The Identification of Rawshark – by Ben Rachinger

If you have arrived at this article without first reading my press statement and the first of these articles, then you may not have the context to understand what follows.  Take the time to catch up, and then return here.


Ben Rachinger wrote a comprehensive report for me on his work in trying to expose Rawshark, the hacker of Whaleoil, and the provider of the data to Nicky Hager.

It is attached in its original form below, but let me step you through some of it here.


I don’t claim any of this information to be true.  I don’t claim any of it to be factual.  All I claim is that this is the document that Ben Rachinger sent to me.  The media party have all claimed that what Ben Rachinger has said about me is all true, and so if that is true then they must start believing that this is true too.


As you can see, Ben Rachinger was working very hard to assist me in tracking down the source of the “Dirty Politics” hack.


Report to whom?   At that stage, he wasn’t yet working with the NZ Police.  He wasn’t working with me.  Ben was being approached at the hackers’ initiative and asked to assist.  His claims that he didn’t do anything are on record, yet he spent an incredible amount of time on it.   Doing what?  I suspect the hackers weren’t just keeping him in the loop for kicks.


And this is why Ben was of such interest to me personally.  If you put it in the context of me “ordering a hack of The Standard” (which I did not), you can see that the history of Ben and I was one of doggedly trying to unravel who had hacked me, who had financed it, and who had subsequently used the data.


It was always my intention to hand any and all such information to the NZ Police.  And Ben Rachinger knew this, and also followed this path for some time.  In fact, he became a police informant.  And I thought that the Police, Ben and I were on the same page: expose the people behind the Rawshark crime.

Nothing you are reading here today is new to the Police.  They have this, and much more.  The point of showing you this is to unravel Ben’s subsequent public allegations about me, and rewriting history on his own decisions, actions, statements and behaviour.


As Ben was interacting with people and eliciting more information, all of it was recorded and handed to the NZ Police.  (Or so I believed!) Ben, at that stage, was definitely still one of the good guys (or was he?).  He was on Team Whaleoil, and I had no problem paying him some money to be able to pay for his living expenses as he didn’t have any other income.

He may have been an unpaid police informant, but he regularly asked for, and received payments from me.  Payments I was happy to part with as I believed him to be making progress and helping the police unmask Rawshark and all subsequent individuals down the chain.  It is these payments he would later show as “evidence” of being paid for hacking The Standard.  The problem for Ben’s story is that these payments were made before Ben claimed to have accessed The Standard illegally. 


At some point, Ben was concerned for his safety.  The people he was informing on were putting pressure on him to stop.  The police have more specific details.

It appears to me that Ben needed an exit strategy from helping Cameron Slater and being a NZ Police informant.

But that’s just my thinking.


And so, and this is a working theory, Ben, who up to that point acted as and was paid for being my “consultant”, crafted the next brilliant plan:  entrapment of Cameron Slater.  Lots of the communication he held, such as my payments to Ben for his work like what you’re seeing here, work he did as a consultant, were suddenly cast in a different light.

I fully realise that none of this will ever hit the media, and the leftie blogs and political opponents won’t touch it with a barge pole.  It simply doesn’t fit their purpose as having painted me as some kind of uber-evil toxic human that the planet is better off without.

But for those of you have stood with me all the way, have provided practical support when I was in need of it, and more importantly, your own courage and moral support that has seen me through a time of my life that has been incredibly difficult.

The rest is now up to the NZ Police.   But I’m done waiting, and I’m impatient.  This is why I no longer will remain silent.

At the same time, Ben is battling the NZ Police as well.  It will be interesting to see how that turns out.  I am clearly very, very angry with him.  But there remains a part of me that recognises the incredible raw talent.  Most of it misdirected.  Who knows how things would have turned out had he not had so many other demons?

His family won’t speak to him.  The Police are now cautious of him.  I suspect he’s no longer trusted and welcome in any of these online hacker and social activism communities where trust and consistency are a basic requirement.  

The only people he thinks are his friends are some people at TV3, who are only after yours truly, and have no problem using Ben and spitting him out as well.


At this stage, he can take responsibility for his own decisions.  I can’t understand why he didn’t take diversion.  I suspect he was goaded by the media to try and turn it into a public spectacle.  Something that’s backed up by the media turning up to court hearings that they possibly couldn’t have known about unless Ben told them.  And subsequently, a huge effort to bring this story to the public.  I fully expect a major piece with Ben Rachinger the alleged fraudster and self-admitted The Standard hacker to run on TV that will have none of these balancing facts.

It’s all out in the open now, and please return tomorrow as I continue my series of The Ben Rachinger Files – in his own words.


There is a surprise today at 9:00 however.  I’ve agreed to an interview!  Don’t miss it.





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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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