It wasn’t MSD either, so who leaked Winston’s details?

Inland Revenue cleared their staff last week, and now MSD has cleared their staff:

The Ministry of Social Development has cleared its staff of leaking NZ First leader Winston Peters’ superannuation details.

The department’s stance follows that of Inland Revenue, which has also said its staff did not leak the information.

“Following information regarding Mr Winston Peters’ superannuation payments entering the public arena, the ministry launched an investigation to assess whether there was any indication that a ministry employee may have been the source of the information,” MSD said in a statement.

“That process is now complete, and we can confirm that all staff that had access to the relevant information had a reasonable business purpose for accessing it, and there is no evidence that this information was passed to a third party.

The ministry holds a great deal of very personal information about people and their families that New Zealanders trust us to safeguard.”

MSD said data searches and staff interviews were conducted as part of its investigation.

Ministerial Services is still looking into the handling of the information by the ministerial offices involved.

That’s IRD and MSD cleared…all that is left are the National party:

Peters has called in the lawyers and pointed his finger at the National Party as the possible “leak” to the media of the news he had to repay overpayments for his superannuation since 2010, saying it was an attempt to destroy NZ First.

That followed revelations that ministers Paula Bennett and Anne Tolley were briefed on the overpayments by government department heads under a “no surprises” policy.

National leader Bill English has said he did not believe the leak came from National and was assured by Bennett and Tolley they had not passed on the information.

Occam’s Razor; a line of reasoning that says the simplest answer is often correct, suggests that it is National people who leaked. This is despite the bluster of Bill English.

There is one person in particular under the hammer, and I fully expect they will lose their job shortly. Someone is going to have to be thrown under the bus, especially when the papers are filed in court. National are already positioning that person for the fall, they just don’t know it yet.

If they don’t then coalition negotiations might get a bit testy.

 

-NZ Herald

 


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