The Labour Party has called on Prime Minister John Key to
publicly name the National staff member the party admitted
infiltrated Labour's website server in 2011.
It follows yesterday's release of email correspondence
between the two parties, showing National's general manager
Greg Hamilton acknowledging a National Party staff member was
responsible for exploiting a security vulnerability to access
confidential donor and member information from Labour's
databases in 2011.
"We do accept that one of our staff visited your public
website ... and read files that were publicly available," the
Labour leader David Cunliffe demanded an apology from Mr Key
yesterday, saying the email proved he had been "misleading"
the public over the allegation, raised in author Nicky
Hager's new book, Dirty Politics.
This morning Labour's campaign spokeswoman Annette King said
Mr Key should now reveal who that staff member was, "because
all the evidence points to [Key's close advisor] Jason Ede".
"New Zealanders deserve better. They want answers. Dirty
Politics makes it clear that Jason Ede claims to have
accessed the website but John Key can't make up his mind who
Mr Ede works for," she said.
"Mr Key and National must name the staff member who accessed
Labour's website to clear up this matter once and for all."
Revealing the email yesterday, Mr Cunliffe would not name the
person he alleged accessed Labour's website, saying "you can
draw your own conclusion".
"It's clear from Mr Hager's book, he [Mr Ede] seems to be
John Key's main point man on those kind of operations," he
However, National hit back yesterday accusing Labour of
digging up "old news" in a bid to smear the Government.
"As Mr Hager's claims continue to disintegrate, Mr Cunliffe
has tried to help him out, releasing an email which confirms
only what the National Party stated openly at the time - that
a National IT staffer accessed publicly available information
on Labour's website which the Labour Party had not properly
secured," said campaign chairman Steven Joyce.
"The National Party was open with the Labour Party, the
public, and the media about this back in 2011."
- Patrice Dougan of APNZ