Nicky Hager Releases New Book Exposing Leaked Emails Between Cameron Slater and Top National Party Members

Apparently Cameron Slaters disgusting Whaleoil blog website was hacked earlier this year and thousands of documents were taken from the websites server and then leaked to Nicky Hager. Some of these documents detail how Labour Party computers were hacked into by a senior National Party member who then leaked information to Cameron Slater about such things as Labours credit card spending. This was apparently done with the knowledge of the Prime Ministers office. According to Hager, this was just the tip of the iceberg. He claims the book contains even worse details of just how utterly filthy politics has become in New Zealand. There are claims that intelligence agency documents were leaked to Slater and other right wing media for use to attack political opponents. Dirty Politics: Nicky Hager’s new book on the Key Government launched at Unity
The book is based upon a large number of internal communications between the National-aligned blogger Slater and a network of National Party figures.The documents are very revealing about Slater and his collaborators, including much that is shocking and distasteful. But, much more important, the documents also cover politicians and Beehive staff, showing the highly coordinated National Party attack politics used year after year throughout Key’s prime ministership.

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).