Key denies contradiction

John Key
John Key
Prime Minister John Key says nothing has changed after a video emerged from 2011 appearing to contradict his claim he was never told by the SIS it intended to release politically sensitive secret documents to Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater.

Nicky Hager's book Dirty Politics claims Mr Key's office or the SIS helped Slater obtain the documents, which he then used to embarrass former Labour leader Phil Goff.

In the video, Mr Key referred to the briefing from Dr Tucker while being questioned about the matter during his post Cabinet press conference on August 8, 2011, in the days following the documents' release.

Speaking to media outside Mt Roskill Grammar school this afternoon, Mr Key denied the video was a contradiction.

"No, not at all. In the context of that video, I meant 'my office'. Frankly the demarcation wasn't significant back then.

"Yesterday when I checked, I did a very, very thorough check. I checked with the director at the time. He fully supported the position the ombudsman was independently checked with. She fully supported the position and I know my position is absolutely correct.

"There'll be an inquiry, people will look at all that."

Mr Key said he "probably should have" clarified that it was his office which was briefed over the OIA release, not him. "But, to be honest, that wasn't the big issue at the time."

It was "definitely not the case" that he was briefed about the release while on holiday either, he said. "I'd be more than happy for my phone records to be [seen]."

"There's no dispute that somebody in my office was briefed. I don't think anybody disputed that and, in fact, ultimately the inquiry's undertaken [and] those people will be spoken to.

"The reason I don't name them is because these are people who handle national security issues, and I simply don't want to put their name in the public domain."

Mr Key said he was "100 per cent confident" a member of his office hadn't leaked the information to Slater, and he said he was prepared to go under oath on the issue.

The emergence of the 2011 video came after Mr Key's version of events -- that he was never directly briefed by Dr Tucker on Slater's OIA request -- was backed up yesterday by Dr Tucker and Ombudsman Dame Beverley Wakem.

Inspector General of Intelligence and Security Cheryl Gwyn is investigating the issue after deeming there was "sufficient public interest" to justify her holding her own inquiry to get to the bottom of what happened.

The findings are not expected to be released before the election.

- By Brendan Manning of APNZ and Adam Bennett of the NZ Herald

So many issues

So the politicians fight about who's digging the dirt on who. NZ has the second highest rate of child abuse in the developed world and all this is deemed as important. What a seedy, dishonest, pathetic rabble they are. Who would want to vote for any of them?

Time to stop digging John

I have stopped believing John Key and Steven Joyce.  From his first reaction to the book, we have had spin after spin.  Calling an investigative journalist a conspiracy theorist was mistake number one.  Saying the book contained old news when it isn't (except to National Party insiders perhaps) - that was mistake two.  Saying that the inferences drawn were incorrect was mistake three - we can read the text of plenty of damning email messages for ourselves. 

Who would have thought a Minister of Justice would communicate so inappropriately?  The language being used showed a distinct lack of professionalism by all parties, although lack of funding did not seem to accompany the childish hate of those involved.   

The book is absolutely frightful and frightening, and denial is not working.  Key's crediblity is plummeting from those unrealistic heights.  I am going to believe what was said and written in 2011.  

Doesn't have to be proven

It doesn't have to be proven, it just needs to seem to be true. And if it seems to be true, it may well be true.  Certainly there are some things in it that have been accepted by Key and National as being true, Collins for example. 

Here's a prediction and I've been saying it for years so it's not connected to current events.  When Key is finished as Prime Minister he will up sticks very quickly and go to live in Hawaii.



Still not proven

The media continues with it's sniff of blood! Playing right into John Key's complaints of left wing smear campaign. What a waste of voters' time, the lot of them. This will lower voter turnout.