(Further to Goff apologises, media warned over leak)
Last month details of the Gwyn/SIS report were leaked to media the day before it could legally be publicised. Phil Goff was an obvious suspect but he was cleared by new Labour leader Andrew Little.
“He’s given me those assurances, I’m satisfied with that,” he said on Firstline this morning.
“He hasn’t given the report to anybody, he declined media interviews until the report was released at 10am yesterday, so I don’t know where they came from and I’m satisfied they didn’t come from Phil Goff.”
- Goff: SIS report leak ‘perfectly appropriate’
However it was later revealed that Goff had been the leaker, so either Goff lied to Little or Little lied to media. And Goff was unrepentant.
“What I did was perfectly appropriate, if the journalists decided to run information given to them in confidence then you should raise it with your colleagues,” Goff told Radio New Zealand at the time.
Goff had changed his stance by last week.
Goff signalled in an interview last week, that he had apologised .
“I beat the gun on the embargo. I shouldn’t have done that,” he said.
“I’ve apologised to the inspector-general. The ball is in her court [as to legal action]. I’ll take it on the chin, whatever her decision is. I haven’t tried to lie about it or mislead people on it.
“[I] shouldn’t have done it…I’ll accept any consequences.”
Today Inspector General Cheryl Gwyn said Goff’s leak was no appropriate.
“All witnesses, including Mr Goff, were subject to a confidentiality order of the inspector-general,” IGIS said in a statement.
“The order was made to ensure fairness and the integrity of the inquiry. The disclosure of the report by Mr Goff was in breach of the order.”
And Goff has ‘unreservedly’ apologised.
The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has accepted Labour MP Phil Goff’s “unreserved apology” for leaking a Security Intelligence Service report to media.
Mr Goff gave a verbal and written apology and Ms Gwyn says no further action will be taken.
Goff apologises for SIS report leak
And Goff has said:
And I guess my enthusiasm led me to make some more comment than I should have.
That downplays the fact that he breached a confidentiality agreement.
I gave information that was not going to damage anybody.
In his opinion. Is that Goff’s Law of Leak Justification?
Ah what happened in John Key’s office was that that was part of a smear campaign.
So when someone else does it they are smearing, when Goff does it he’s just a bit enthusiastic.
The sincerity of Goff’s apology looks very dubious. First he (or Little) lied about leaking. Then he was unrepentant. Then he “unreservedly apologised”, followed soon afterwards by making excuses and turning it into political point scoring.
Andrew Little has a bit of work to do to reform his caucus.He generally sounds sincere but he will be damaged by association and collaboration with leaks, lies and insincerity like this.
Little shouldn’t be satisfied with what has come from Goff on this both last month and today.
Today Goff has apologised ‘sincerely’ to the