I wonder if Key is humming, “I’ve got one less problem withoutcha” as he deletes Cams number from his phone?
One of the attack spin lines being run by National Party apologists in the media is that Nicky Hager has used stolen emails and as such the entire work is a hypocrisy and left wing conspiracy theory.
Let’s just smack down this spin lie that using hacked emails is a crime. Public Address have done an excellent job of informing us all what the law says…
Publishing Dirty Politics
Let’s start with Hager. He claims that the book is based on thousands of pages of emails between Slater and others which were leaked to him out of the blue by an unnamed person or persons. He says the emails were obtained during an attack on the Whale Oil site following Slater’s comment “Feral dies in Greymouth, did world a favour.” There is no suggestion that Hager was himself involved in the hacking of the emails so the question is: was Hager entitled to publish the emails he published?
The answer is yes, as long as the public interest in the emails outweighs the competing rights of those who wrote them. So how do we work that out? There is a pretty good argument that material in Dirty Politics is in the public interest. The public interest is particularly strong where information relates to the behaviour of elected politicians. Dirty Politicsis making some serious allegations about that behaviour and it’s arguable that the public should hear them.
People also have no right to keep secret communications which reveal wrongdoing. This “iniquity” defence could justify many of Hager’s disclosures including, for example, the alleged exchange in which Slater and political commentator, Matthew Hooton, provide details of Hager’s address to lawyer, Cathy Ogders, who wants it made available to “vicious” individuals whom she appears to believe will have it in for him.
…so it’s legal for Hager to publish these hacked emails because the over whelming public interest in seeing how the National Party abuses power outweighs Slater’s privacy. I would add here that Hager has thousands of emails, some of a personal and sexual nature and Hager hasn’t released ANY of that. Contrast that with the disgusting way Slater used information that was stolen from Matthew Blomfield and did not hesitate to humiliate him.
Hager has been far more ethical with this information than Slater ever would and Hager has the law on his side. When a Right Wing Troll or mainstream media apologist tries to use ‘but the emails are hacked’ smack that lying clown down with the law. It’s legal for Hager to publish stolen emails if the public interest outweigh the personal privacy, and in this case where we are suddenly made aware of blackmailing of MPs, trawling brothels for information on Journalists, hacking into political party computers and taking information from the SIS then I would declare the public interest threshold has been met with just one of these issues. The combination of them plus all the other hateful cruel shit these maggots get up to mean trying to hide behind the stolen emails line is just childish bullshit beneath adults.
I don’t care how Hager got the emails, every NZer has an obligation to thank him for what he has exposed within the heart of our Democracy.
Now – why shouldn’t the Prime Minister read the book before the election and address the serious allegations it exposes, and don’t say ‘Nicky Hager is a left wing conspiracy theorist’ because that’s not an answer.