The Curious Case of Cameron Slater, the Hacker, and the unforgivable crime of stupidity



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Cameron Slater is not a well man.

A recent exposé by TV3’s ‘The Nation‘ revealed that Cameron Slater has allegedly been conspiring with IT consultant, Ben Rachinger, to hack left-wing blogsite, ‘The Standard‘ to steal personal information.

According to a NZ Herald report, the matter is now evidently a matter of a Police investigation;

“The complaint is being investigated by Counties Manukau CIB.

There are a number of complexities to the investigation, including the posting online of documentation which has already compromised the investigation and is making our inquires more difficult.

Police are taking a cautious approach, and working through a number of complex steps to gather the necessary information to advance the enquiry.

Any decision on charges is some way off at this stage, and will be made after a thorough assessment of all relevant information.”

Any potential charges would most likely relate to attempting to procure a crime, if the allegations are found to have merit.

This alleged txt-message from Slater to Rachinger alone, seems to be an admission that he was fully aware of the dubious, and potentially illegal, nature of his activities;

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“It’s no small thing I’m doing this, I could be being set up in a sting by a media person or cops.”

His ISP may also take a dim view if he has been using his internet connection for nefarious purposes.

Aside from the sheer illegality of these allegations, three things stand out in this grubby affair;

1. If proven, it seems that Cameron Slater’s desire for revenge on those he perceives have slighted him, is a psychopathy that reveals a deeply troubled human being.

In which case, Slater requires psychiatric attention, not prison or a fine.

2.If proven, it demonstrates that Slater has little hesitation in circumventing or breaking the law. He was convicted in September 2010 of eight counts of breaching name suppression orders and one count of identifying a victim in a sex case on his  blog. He is currently being sued  by Auckland businessman, Matthew Blomfield, in a defamation case.

3.If proven, Slater’s behaviour is worse than a simple matter of law-breaking – it shows his sheer stupidity in thinking that an attempt to hack another website could be done without being discovered.

Has he learned nothing from Nicky Hager’s ‘Dirty Politics’, in that it is virtually impossible to keep secrets in a small country like ours?

With certain exceptions, stupidity is the most unforgiving crime of all. It appears that Slater has learned nothing from recent experiences. Life’s lessons seem to have little value for this tragic character.





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  1. psychopathy and its related disorders are social disorders as opposed to schizophrenia etc.
    schizophrenia and related disorders arent targeted at self gain, for instance they may feel god is telling them to cook their children to save the universe or some such scenario, that is the type of disorder that requires psychiatric attention, slater – key etc need psychological counseling, they wont though due to them being all knowing and beyond the scope of puny humans being able to help them, none of the people Ive encountered with psychopathy and related disorders have improved in any way,, they just become more deviant over time.

  2. Hare’s Psychopath test: a list of 20 criteria, each given a score of 0 (if it doesn’t apply to the person), 1 (if it partially applies) or 2 (if it fully applies). The list in full is: glibness and superficial charm, grandiose sense of self-worth, pathological lying, cunning/manipulative, lack of remorse, emotional shallowness, callousness and lack of empathy, unwillingness to accept responsibility for actions, a tendency to boredom, a parasitic lifestyle, a lack of realistic long-term goals, impulsivity, irresponsibility, lack of behavioural control, behavioural problems in early life, juvenile delinquency, criminal versatility, a history of “revocation of conditional release” (ie broken parole), multiple marriages, and promiscuous sexual behaviour. A pure, prototypical psychopath would score 40. A score of 30 or more qualifies for a diagnosis of psychopathy. Hare says: “A friend of mine, a psychiatrist, once said: ‘Bob, when I meet someone who scores 35 or 36, I know these people really are different.’ The ones we consider to be alien are the ones at the upper end.”

  3. It smells of the National Party and if it’s so proven they are desperate to cling to power for more than the usual egotistical reasons.

    They were amazed I think and definitely empowered by the fact their voters didn’t burn them for what was in Hager’s book and the logical conclusion is it’s business as usual.

    • Yes i am inclined to think Slater is still doing dirty work for the jonkey Nactional Party

      …just look what jonkey nactional and mates have done to Campbell Live and any other worthy investigative television journalism…just look what they have done to Nicky Hager

      …the lobotomised, castrated msm is useless

      ….the LEFT WING BLOGS are the only real threat to them …and they want to silence them!…

  4. Again my capture total was correct, but was said error ,either you are playing games or there is something wrong with capcha system.

  5. I believe that these ‘top bosses’ don’t feel that they are being corrupt.

    In a sense of the word. Them helping their mates, or their friend’s friend may not seem corrupt.

    Imagine if your a very high up boss in the police. You get a phone call from a mate who said he was caught speeding, he was only 15 over… But he is your mate and you decide to call the officer who pulled him up and tell him to let him go.

    You have just helped your mate, he now owes you a favor. How can this be called corrupt?

    • Jack, You are unbelievable! Obviously you don’t know right from wrong or the meaning of ethics!

      • @GADFLYS DAD

        Ask JK if he has any ethics. Why would I bother with whats right or wrong. When our leaders don’t even know.

        Get real.

  6. Aside from the despicable nature of Slater’s latest antics, he seems to have allot of money to throw around for someone who can’t or won’t pay the court ordered judgments against him. Nothing this creep does surprises me anymore. There is also allegations that he has been deliberately falsifying his website traffic rate to increase his advertising revenue. Psychopaths tend to project their own behaviour by accusing others of exactly what they, themselves are doing. It doesn’t require a stretch of the imagination to conclude many of Whale Oil bloggers are in fact National Party operatives.

  7. Yeah, as a psychologist I’d say it’s concerning all right.
    A long hatred of those who believe that there is something to be gained through empathy and thinking practices.
    I’m not sure why you expected he’d learn anything from Dirty Politics.
    Typically people with deep seated hatred will only learn from events that make them less popular. Slaters blog is very popular albeit with the moonshine and bullets brigade but this is the brigade that are the future of America, and NZ.
    Empathy and community thinking died, I missed the funeral but they are definitely dead

  8. Tragic and dangerous too, that NatzKey uses a “mentally unstable” man to carry out it’s dirty work on its behalf, as seems to be the case here I’d say!

      • Yes, thanks for giving me the opportunity/push to clarify. Some here seemed to think that after the demise of Campbell, all was lost, well anyone having a crack at the government anyway. I thought some on this site gave TV3 a bit too much of a hard time (not withstanding that Campbell was better than yet another reality police show). I think TV3 has shown it is still not scared to crack the whip so to speak.

        • Are you saying david that Slater is mixed up with the current government? Are you saying they are the funder? Because david you comments are confusing.

  9. For Cameron Slater and those who know him – I am glad to be part of the alumni of folks that were blacklisted off of Cameron Slater’s biased blog long ago after submitting just one comment on the slimy Whaleoil website. He couldn’t handle the truth then as well as now. I agree, he seems to be a tragic character doomed to be his own worst enemy.
    I tend to, also, feel that this man is mentally and emotionally severely unbalanced and needs help rather than being put in prison. If damage was done and he has other pending issues, then things change but he seems to almost be reaching out for help by being so stupid and naive. He blame shifts; lies about his innocence and states that the media will do and say anything.
    Also has anyone else thought about just how suicidal this man may (?) be over the next months ?
    In denial and unstable ; instantly exposed — severe intervention and supportive counseling ? — asap ? . . . ?

    • When The Daily Blog attacks Cameron Slater I always think of David Letterman versus Rush Limbaugh. Comedy Gold!

  10. It is interesting that within a few days of Slaters complaint to the police about Hager book, Hager was subject to a full scale police raid! Months after the above complaint about Slater, police are still investigating. Lauda Finem has a very interesting article on this.
    And while on the subject what has happened to the prominent New Zealander on certain charges!

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