The Privileges Committee report has slammed the David Henry inquiry into who leaked the Kitteridge Report – and despite overreaching and seeking and obtaining information in a “totally unacceptable” manner the henry Inquiry failed to find evidence on who leaked the report.
Winston Peters became involved when he accused Peter Dunne of leaking the report under protection of Parliament. After Dunne resigned Peters maintained his attacks, accusing Dunne publicly and making salacious insinuations about Andrea Vance.
Despite insisting he had evidence Peters eventually had to concede he had none.
Peters has resumed his accusations via Twitter and through a media release.
Rt Hon Winston Peters says the Privileges Committee report on the Henry Inquiry again points the finger at Peter Dunne for leaking the Kitteridge report into the Government Communication Security Bureau.
Mr Peters says it is truly astonishing that Mr Dunne is deluded into thinking he has been absolved of any responsibility for leaking classified material.
“Two wrongs have never made a right. Of course Henry botched the inquiry and we said that the moment he was appointed.
It’s nonsensical claiming to have known the inquiry was botched before it had even started.
“The privileges committee inquiry into the Henry inquiry processes, or rather lack of them, in no way excuses Peter Dunne from his serious guilt as a serial leaker with a number of cases taken to the media from the security intelligence committee, which he was a member of.”
Serious allegations repeated by Peters. He has never produced any evidence to back up his claims.
Mr Peters says the whole affair has been a shambles and reflects poorly on both Peter Dunne and the Prime Minister who tried to organise a snow job.
Peters tried to organise a political hit job, and he is trying to resume his baseless attack. That reflects very poorly on him.
“The Henry inquiry was incompetent and the privileges committee inquiry terms of reference specifically ruled out getting to the truth of the matter.
“The Prime Minister is very foolish to even consider reinstating Peter Dunne as a minister in future.
“To do that without being certain no other information exists around Mr Dunne as the leaker shows a dangerous lack of judgement.
That’s highly hypocritical. Peters leaked information about the Henry Inquiry. Peters is a serial leaker. Does that mean any Prime Minister or prospective coalition partner would show a dangerous lack of judgement if they considered working with Peters?
“What will the Prime Minister say when more comes out?” asks Mr Peters.
The Prime Minister would probably faint with shock if Peters actually fronted up with evidence to support his accusations.
Peters is discredited as a leaker. He makes serious accusations, often under Parliamentary privilege, and fails to back up his bluster with evidence. Time and time again.
With a continued lack of evidence I think that Peters looks like he is making things up. That’s lying. Unless he really hopes that ‘more comes out’ of his Christmas stocking.
Believing Winston Peters is like believing in Santa, except that Santa is a jolly old fellow.