PR attack blogger Cameron Slater has failed in his bid to stop the news media reporting material from his email and Facebook accounts.
He has, however, succeeded (perhaps) in silencing ‘Rawshark’ — the hacker who so clinically distributed evidence to support the allegations and narrative of Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics.
Cameron Slater, the book alleges, was immersed in dirty dealings and cold-blooded political smear campaigns against National Party and opposition party figures, as well as carrying out commercial ‘PR hits’ for lobbyist Carrick Graham and ‘political strategist’ Simon Lusk.
The fact that Rawshark had — almost as a hand from the grave — already passed his/her remaining ‘whaledumps’ on to genuine news media organisations (see below) — whose journalists remain unrestrained by the desperate PR attack blogger’s injunction application — greatly reduces the potency of today’s High Court action.
It was, in effect, little more than an expensive (QC-sized) fizzer.
In my opinion it’s a sensible and wise strategy for a leaker/whistleblower to feed information (however obtained) through ‘establishment’ media — just as Edward Snowden did, carefully selecting the media ‘outlets’, and as Wikileaks did initially via The Guardian , The New York Times and Der Spiegel.
This has the effect of ‘laundering’ the information through the news media’s (imperfect) ‘public interest’ filter.
In my experience, only the most callow and yellow journalists report prurient or needlessly private details. Rags like NZ Truth and other ‘reprobates and pond scum’ (™ Mike Hosking)
Cameron Slater and ‘mental distress’
I’ve been relatively circumspect about this issue. I’ll tell you why: I don’t want to be part of a ‘pile-on’ effort that pushes Cameron Slater over the edge.
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