Who's investigating who?

Last updated 05:00 02/09/2014

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In the tangle of complaints, inquiries, and probes stemming from the Dirty Politics saga and Judith Collins' resignation, we explain who exactly is investigating who.


- Whaleoil blogger Cameron Slater has complained to police about the alleged illegal hacking of his emails earlier this year, by the person who goes by the pseudonym Rawshark, and tweets from the Twitter username WhaleDump.

The hacker provided Nicky Hager with copies of Slater’s correspondence with senior National Party members, including Judith Collins.

Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security (The SIS watchdog):

- The inspector-general, Cheryl Gwyn, is investigating allegations of a Security Intelligence Service (SIS) document being declassified in order to fast-track an Official Information Act request by Slater.

The hearings will take place before the election, and Prime Minister John Key’s chief of staff Wayne Eagleson is among those likely to be summoned.

Former senior Key adviser Jason Ede – who Hager’s book, Dirty Politics, claimed had worked with Slater on smear campaigns – may also appear.

Key would not confirm yesterday which of his staff had been summoned. The SIS documents were provided to Slater ahead of other media outlets, and emails from him at the time show he knew what was in the documents before they were released, and knew when they would be made available.

The documents released were used to embarrass Phil Goff, when he was leader of the Labour Party. Goff believes the information could only have come from the SIS director Warren Tucker or from staff in the prime minister’s office. 

Privacy Commissioner:

- Slater has complained to the commissioner about the PM’s office releasing an email of his which led to the resignation of Judith Collins. The message said Collins was ‘‘gunning for’’ Serious Fraud Office head of the time, Adam Feeley. Collins was minister in charge of the SFO at the time.

- ACC whistleblower Bronwyn Pullar has laid a complaint with the commissioner against Collins. Dirty Politics alleges Collins leaked confidential but false details about Pullar to Slater which he passed on to a friend.

- The Green Party lodged a complaint over Collins leaking the name of public servant Simon Pleasants to Slater. Collins thought Pleasants was behind leaking information about Bill English’s housing allowance to the Labour Party. She emailed Pleasants’ name, job title, and phone numbers to Slater. He then posted about Pleasants on WhaleOil. Pleasants was vilified on the blog, and police became involved after he received death threats.

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