Nicky Hager is considering releasing some of the original
material behind 'Dirty Politics' to clear up disputes.
The author of the book released on Wednesday told Radio New
Zealand this morning that he was considering releasing some
of the documents provided to him by an anonymous source.
Since the release of the book Prime Minister John Key, Judith
Collins, and Whaleoil blogger Cameron Slater, some of the key
subjects of the book, have claimed the allegations put
forward by Mr Hager were lies.
Mr Hager told Radio New Zealand that the idea of releasing
the source material behind the main areas of dispute came to
"If people see the original documents themselves it will give
Mr Hager said he wouldn't release all of the documents
because some of them were of a personal nature.
"A lot of it doesn't actually reach the standard of public
interest where there actually is a right to use it," he said.
He said he would be consulting with his source today.
Judith Collins told Newstalk ZB this morning that the
allegations the book makes that she assisted a prisoner
transfer for Mr Slater was an "utter lie... absolutely,
She said "pretty much" all allegations about her in the book
Mr Hager's book - based on thousands of messages between Mr
Slater, National Party spin doctor Jason Ede and others -
claims Mr Ede ran Mr Key's dirty tricks operations which were
kept at arms' length from the Prime Minister to avoid
damaging his image.
One of the allegations is that Mr Ede covertly accessed the
Labour Party's computer systems in mid-2011.
Mr Key yesterday told reporters in Dunedin yesterday that Mr
Ede was not involved.
- by Sophie Ryan