Cameron Slater says further exposure of hacked information
would inflict a huge personal toll. Photo: NZ Herald
Cameron Slater says further exposure of hacked
information would inflict a huge personal toll.
Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater is going to the High Court
to try to stop media publishing information taken by the
hacker known as Rawshark.
Slater has filed papers claiming further exposure of
information from his emails and social media accounts would
inflict a huge personal toll.
"I believe the hacker and associated persons are setting out
to destroy my reputation and cause me the maximum amount of
mental distress possible," he wrote in an affidavit.
In a case to be heard today in the High Court at Auckland,
Slater will ask for a legal halt to the use of the
information by the Herald, TV3 and Fairfax Media.
He also wants the order to apply to the hacker, and the news
organisations to turn over to him the information they have.
The move comes two weeks after the publication of Nicky
Hager's Dirty Politics, which accused the National Party of
attacking opponents through Slater's blog.
Since publication, Rawshark has released material online and
through the news offices named by Slater.
In the affidavit, Slater said personal information and
confidential correspondence with "political figures" was
among content he wanted protected.
He said the named organisations had journalists he believed
were in contact with the hacker, who appeared to be motivated
by his views on the Whale Oil blog.
"I believe the hacker is releasing information as some form
of revenge, not in any sort of whistle-blower capacity or to
advance public interest."
Slater said he believed his Gmail account was hacked on March
2 when someone changed the passwords and copied 10 years of
emails. He believed the hacker later got into his Facebook
account and copied private messages.
The Gmail account had "thousands of emails" including
exchanges with accountants, doctors, psychiatrists, personal
communication with his wife, "highly sensitive" information
he had "received as a journalist" and "correspondence with
political figures which I believe was transacted in
Since Dirty Politics was published, Rawshark has made public
information online and through the three news media
organisations Slater names in his court application.
Slater said Hager had not contacted him before Dirty Politics
was published, and material in the book sourced from his
emails was distorted and out of context.
The court papers called for an urgent hearing because of
They pointed to a claim by blogger Martyn Bradbury that the
Whaledump Twitter account, which was shut down yesterday, had
been closed to stop "two exclusives".
Bradbury claimed on The Daily Blog that Whaledump -- which
has resurfaced as Whaledump2 -- was close to releasing emails
between Slater and the Prime Minister's former press aide
Jason Ede, who is now understood to be working for the
John Billington, the Queen's Counsel who is acting for
Slater, said the daily release of information meant a hearing
was required urgently.
Mr Billington said an injunction could have been applied for
without notice but the media organisations and hacker had
been given notice so they could "argue what are important
issues for the court".