Shocking allegations have been made of connections between Prime Minister John Key‘s office and right wing blogger Cameron Slater.
The accusations come in the just-released book called Dirty Politics by investigative journalist Nicky Hager.
“Throughout Key’s time as prime minister, his staff and notably senior adviser Jason Ede have been assisting and coordinating persistent personal attacks and dirty tricks against his political opponents,” Hager says.
He says 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.
“Readers can see the inside story of issues they have seen in the news, now revealed in the participant’s own words.
Mr Hager said that the leaks seem to have come from when Slater had his website crashed in January this year after comments he made about a West Coast man who died in a car crash (he said the ‘feral’ had done the world a favour). Mr Hager had no part in obtaining the materials.
“What I got was thousands and thousands of communications between Cam Slater and his network of National Party collaborators. What they showed for a start will not be surprising which is an astonishingly cynical and ugly view of the way they do politics. You are not going to believe what you read and how bloody awful it is,” Mr Slater said aty the launch of the book at a Wellington book store.
The book also draws on information provided by some National Party sources…