The press gallery and most commentators got it wrong, the book is not about the Snowden revelations, it is about Key, senior National Party staff and includes leaked emails between Cameron Slater and the National Party. It will include dirty tactics and Wellington insiders.
I am enjoying how frightened the Press Gallery look now, how on earth will the right wing media justify using Cameron Slater as a source now?
How will Patrick Gower, Brooke Sabin, Sean Plunkett, ZB, Mike Hosking, David Farrar, Breakfast TVNZ, Duncan Garner etc etc etc justify using this far right hate speech merchant as a source any longer?
* During the 2011 election campaign Slater obtained a database of the Labour Party’s members, e-mails and donations, and gleefully attacked the party. What no one knew is that Key’s dirty tricks person, Ede, had helped throughout, including searching inside the Labour Party computers and helping Slater plan the subsequent attacks on Labour. Ede’s office was just two doors from John Key’s and presumably he was using his Ministerial Services computer (Chapter 2).
* In the same election campaign, the prime minister’s office used its knowledge of secret SIS documents to tip off Slater and arrange an attack on the Labour leader (Chapter 3).
* Ede drafted official information act requests for Slater to use in other attacks, for instance against Ministry of Foreign Affairs staff who were in conflict with the government (Chapter 3).
* When the Labour Party leadership race was on last year and getting good publicity, Ede got National Party research staff to prepare an attack on David Cunliffe and other contenders’ policies that was published on David Farrar’s Kiwiblog website the following day (Chapter 9).
* The more the National Government has used Slater, the closer that Key himself has got to the attack blogger. For instance, when most New Zealanders were appalled by Slater’s offensive comments about the West Coast man who died in the car crash, his closest associates rallied to support him. One of those who phoned him and commiserated at that time, according to Slater’s account of the conversation, was John Key (Chapter 12).
I will have a review asap.
PS – Can we start calling this SlaterGate?
PPS – I don’t think this will be the only time Nicky will step forward before the election.