Whaledump releases more Slater documents

ANDREA VANCE
Last updated 14:39 20/08/2014

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The hacker behind the Whaleoil leaks has published a new set of documents, which appear to be thousands of social media messages between blogger Cameron Slater and National supporter Aaron Bhatnagar.

It follows a steady drip feed from the @Whaledump Twitter account of emails apparently stolen from Slater's computer.

The hacker is anonymous, but appears to be the same source that supplied author Nicky Hager with documents.

Hager used the information to write Dirty Politics, which details close links between the Prime Minister's office and right wing bloggers.

The messages, dating from 2009-2011, contain snippets of political gossip and innuendo.

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The pair crudely discuss scandals involving former Labour party MP Darren Hughes and National party minister Richard Worth. Both were forced to resign.

Canadian-born Bhatnagar is former Auckland city councillor who failed to win selection for National in Epsom and Botany. According to Hager's book, it was Bhatnagar who tipped off Slater about a security lapse on the Labour party website.

Prime Minister John Key's then-spin doctor Jason Ede is accused of accessing the sensitive database.

He joined the party in 2002 and held a number of internal offices, including Chairman of Epsom electorate in 2010, and Chairman of Remuera Branch.

Justice Minister Judith Collins - a close friend of Slater's - also appointed him to the Real Estate Agents Authority last year. She is under-fire after it emerged she leaked the name and contact details of a public servant to Slater.

Simon Pleasants received death threats after he was vilified on Slater's blog.

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