After more than two years and hundreds of thousands of dollars the Paula Rebstock-led inquiry into leaks over job cuts at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade will be released tomorrow.
Fairfax understands the report will not name names and refers to persons X, Y and Z, one of whom is a senior Government bureaucrat. Another is a clerical worker who has been fighting the release of the final report through the courts.
But in a move that could send ripples through the Wellington bureaucracy, it is believed that some of the players are criticised despite there being no evidence they leaked any documents.
The inquiry was set up after a confidential Cabinet document was leaked to Labour MP Phil Goff.
Headed by former Commerce Commission head Rebstock, it had the powers of a court and questioned a swath of past and current diplomats, including serving ambassadors, under oath.
Person X has previously been referred to as Person A and their name is subject to heavy suppression orders after they fought the release of Rebstock's final report through the courts.
Those suppression orders included their various places of employment but the Court of Appeal allowed media to report that the person was a clerical assistant.
The court heard that while Rebstock could not conclusively prove that A passed the documents to Labour her report listed 16 facts supporting her suspicions.
Person A's lawyer, Jason McHerron, told the court that suspicions were not enough.
His client's duties included having to scan and photocopy large amounts of paper and that was why suspicion had fallen on them, McHerron told the court.
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