Winston Peters was embarrassed by a police decision not to proceed with his attempt to have Peter Dunne prosecuted for leaking the Kitteridge report – which Dunne keeps denying. And no evidence has been produced, despite Peters previously claiming he had evidence before having to admit it was ‘insufficient”.
It was thought that the criminal complaint was an attempt by Peters to get the police to fish for evidence to give some credibility to his attempt to destroy Dunne’s political career.
Despite yesterday’s police rebuttal Peters is not ready to give up, and claims – again – that he has information that will help the inquiry. He will be severely embarrassed if this is yet another of his fizzers.
Police advised that “no offence is disclosed” in complaint by NZ First against Dunne regarding the leaking of the Kitteridge report and “further investigation will fail to provide evidence”.
After considering the information presented by the complainant police are satisfied that no offence is disclosed and that further investigation will fail to provide evidence leading to a prosecution under either piece of legislation.
Police consider this matter ended unless additional information becomes available which might warrant further assessment.
This is after Peters failed to provide evidence over the two week period he made accusations against Dunne, and he failed to provide sufficient evidence to the police when or since he laid the complaint six weeks ago.
Now Peters is complaining that the police made “a hasty decision not to launch an investigation” and he has more information. 3 News report Peters hasn’t given up on police inquiry:
Winston Peters is sending more information to the police about the leaked GCSB report and says they made a hasty decision not to launch an investigation.
Mr Peters says that after he laid his complaint, the police asked him for any additional information he held about the leak.
He says he told them verbally on July 10 that their request was being considered, and emailed them on July 15 saying more information would be sent.
When asked by the police last week surely Peters knew whether he had “more information” or not. This looks like classic Peters spinning out bullshit, as he has done since first making accusations.
Oner News also reported Dunne GCSB complaint: No action to be taken and have a video – Peters calls for rethink on GCSB report leak decision where Peters says…
If they don’t consider the rest of the information I think they will be severely embarrassed.
It looks like Peters is trying to avert being severely embarrassed himself for making what is seen as a frivolous politically motivated complaint. The police will have to consider “the rest of the information” but it will have to be far more substantial than what Peters has come up with so far – which appears to be virtually nothing.
His past record of coming up with evidence is farcical. From Winston Peters evades questions on evidence
CORIN Have you got evidence to back that up?
CORIN What is it?
WINSTON Well, again, I never have pursued that path.
And in a Radio NZ interview the day he made the complaint to police:
Watson: Well, have you got content that you’ll be showing to the police?
Peters: I don’t get up and make allegations that I haven’t properly investigated.
Watson: Have you given information to the police?
Peters: No, I haven’t had a chance to talk to them, I only lodged the complaint today.
Watson: But you will be giving information to the police?
Peters: No, I have made myself available to talk to them if they want me to talk to them then that’s fine by me.
Watson: But if they asked for information, if they asked for email content between Peter Dunne and this reporter, you have it and you could give it to them?
Peters: Well most certainly yes.
Watson: How much have you got? Of the 86 emails how much have you got?
Peters: Well enough to know that a serious issue had people who were not treating it properly, had mistreated the information they got, and that was affecting my country’s national interest. I as a former foreign minister I know how seriously our overseas…
Watson: But is your information, have you got information that proves absolutely that Peter Dunne leaked the report to that reporter…
Peters: Well let me tell you this, I made the allegation knowing that there was a day of inevitable consequence, that day has arrived. That’s all you need to know.
That was on Friday 7 June and now, six weeks later, no credible evidence has yet been produced.
And even if he has evidence there may be no crime. No Right Turn blogs:
The police have refused to waste their time investigating Winston Peters’ allegations of “espionage” against Peter Dunne.
But they have already had their time wasted. NRT says the dismissal of the complaint is not surprising, and explains why:
Section 78(a) (espionage) requires “intent to prejudice the security or defence of New Zealand” – something difficult to argue in a case of leaking, and impossible when the Prime Minister says that the information was not harmful.
The Summary Offences Act charge is even more laughable, since it requires knowledge that an unauthorised release of official information would be likely to prejudice a long list of interests (essentially s6 OIA, minus “national security”), none of which can possibly apply.
We’ll have to wait and see if Peters finally comes up with anything of substance – he had previously claimed he had evidence but never produced any, see Winston Peters – did he lie? Live or die? – but that won’t change the fact that it appears that no law has been broken.
Peters was embarrassed by yesterday’s police rejection of his complaint.
He will be severely embarrassed if, again, he fails to back up his bluster with anything credible.