Former Serious Fraud Office boss Adam Feeley says he
would not have briefed ministers on investigations if he had
had any suspicion information was being leaked to others.
Asked whether he was ever concerned information onthe Hanover
investigation in 2011 he had given to Judith Collins or her
officials might have found its way to Whale Oil blogger
Cameron Slater, Hanover director Mark Hotchin or the
company's lawyers, Mr Feeley refused to comment directly on
But Mr Feeley - now Queenstown Lakes District Council chief
executive - confirmed he did "periodically give ministers
indications of where particular investigations were going".
"We often had concerns that when we interviewed people, there
had been some form of disclosure by some parties, but that
wasn't specific to ministers.
"That related more to people involved in cases.
"Would I have disclosed information to any minister if I had
concerns about the security of that information?
"No, of course I wouldn't."
Ms Collins resigned from the Cabinet on Saturday after an
email was revealed in which her name was linked to a smear
campaign against Mr Feeley run by Mr Slater and other parties
linked to Mr Hotchin.
He was at the time under investigation by the SFO.
Ms Collins has denied taking part in any smear campaign.
Ms Collins' resignation was prompted by Prime Minister John
Key's release of the email from Mr Slater in which the
blogger claimed she had been "gunning" for Mr Feeley while
she was minister in charge of the SFO.
Former SFO general manager Simon McArley told 3 News he
believed the SFO was targeted in a smear campaign during its
The New Zealand Herald now understands the email Mr Key
released onSaturday was forwarded to a Beehive staffer by Mr
Slater's friend Cathy Odgers, who blogged under the name
Other emails between Ms Odgers, Mr Slater and public
relations consultant Carrick Graham released to media
yesterday suggest the trio also plotted to work against
another regulatory body, the Financial Markets Authority.
In one email, released by a hacker who claims to have
takenthe messages from Mr Slater's computer, Mr Slater says,
"Let us go to war on the Financial Markets Authority, Hotchin
stays quiet, we do the hitting."
Labour leader David Cunliffe said if the allegations against
Ms Collins were true, "they would show corruption which goes
to the heart of the Government".
"This is John Key's network, this is not just about Judith
"This is a much bigger, deeper issue.
"Something is rotten in the heart of the National
Mr Key said Mr Cunliffe was "trying to create a political
smear . . ."
He said Ms Collins had disputed the version of her role set
out by Mr Slater in the email.
Journalists mentioned in the same email had also rejected
what he said about them.
The SFO wound up its criminal investigation against Hanover
last year, saying its threshold for a prosecution had not
About 16,000 people lost most of their money after the
failure of Hanover and related companies, and the sale of
assets to Allied Farmers.