If you don’t know what’s happening in New Zealand right now, here’s a quick summary:
Investigative journalist Nicky Hager released a book called Dirty Politics. It’s based on a large number of emails and Facebook messages stolen by a hacker from a right-wing blogger called Whale Oil. The hacker passed on the hacked files to Hager anonymously. The book gives details about the links between the National Party (the main party in government) and right-wing bloggers who have run smear campaigns, attacks and spread slander online about opposition politicians and parties. In one case, classified security documents were declassified and given to bloggers to use in attacks against opposition politicians. In another, a Minister gave personal details about a government employee to the blog Whale Oil for an attack which resulted in that government employee getting death threats. The Prime Minister’s staff also stole information from an opposition party’s computer and gave the information to bloggers to use in attacks on the main opposition party. Basically all this shit has been revealed about how the government has been acting dirty to kill off its opposition and secure another election win. But now the book has been released, journalists are just following around the Prime Minister asking him questions about the book to the point where he is visibly angry, walking out of interviews and basically falling apart. What’s more, the actual stolen emails are being released slowly, day-by-day by an anonymous person on Twitter. So every day there is new stuff coming out and it’s a big shitstorm and it’s great.
Some actual quotes from the book by Cameron Slater, who runs Whale Oil:
Slater tells a friend in the wake of the February 2011 Christchurch Earthquake:
What i can’t believe … is how we have to bail out those useless pricks in the sth island, again. … Those [Christchurch] suburbs are hard core Labour … the owners will be Nat voters though and the voters tenants, so the houses are gone and the scum are gone too, and so they should get nothing. (p. 27)
Slater is talking with another blogger, “Barnsley Bill”, about the response to a post Slater wrote describing the death of a West Coast man in a car accident as that of a “feral” who had “done the world a favour”.
Why would I apologise to that slut [the dead man’s mother]? … J[ohn] K[ey] rang me … [and said she] was the same feral fucking bitch that screams at him when he goes to pike river meetings. (p. 133)
[29 men were killed in the Pike River disaster (and their bodies are still trapped in the mine). The government initially tried to convict the company running the mine as 25 breaches of health & safety were identified. They were ordered to pay $110 000 to the families of each miner, but only paid $5 000 because “they ran out of money” and eventually the charges were dropped.]
And then there’s this:
[Image from here]