John Key’s taxpayer-funded staff were today caught red-handed supplying material to controversial blogger Cameron Slater, proving the link between the Whale Oil blog and the National Party, Labour’s Deputy Leader David Parker says.
“For years media and opposition parties have speculated about the links between John Key’s office and Whale Oil.
“One of John Key’s staff members was today seen taking photos of the aftermath of last night’s Press Gallery party. Those photos soon appeared on Whale Oil.
“Today’s unsavoury events prove beyond a shadow of a doubt the links between Cameron Slater and the ninth floor of the Beehive.
“This raises serious questions about the source of many of Cameron Slater’s stories. We can now safely assume future leaks regarding confidential government information and political attacks National wants to distance itself from, come from John Key’s office.
“As always, last night’s Press Gallery party was a well-run and enjoyable event and my congratulations and thanks go to the organisers.
“The failed attempt from John Key’s office to besmirch this annual tradition leaves a bad taste in the mouth,” David Parker says.
12 December 2013 MEDIA STATEMENT