Curran copped the blame for Cunliffe’s “staffer”

The Labour IT document leak story didn’t make sense yesterday – see Has Curran been thrown under a bus in snowballing SNAFU?

Curran is now claiming she jumped under the bus.

Stuff  report: Labour ICT doc sent from Cunliffe’s office

Labour has confirmed that documents on its information technology strategy accidentally sent to the Government came from David Cunliffe’s office, not Clare Curran’s as widely reported yesterday.

Curran  yesterday gave reporters copies of an email saying the documents had been accidentally sent from her office to that of Communications and Information Technology Minister Amy Adams.

Labour’s chief press secretary, Simon Cunliffe, last night confirmed that the email sent in error came not from Curran’s office but from that of the Labour leader.

Simon Cunliffe would not say who the staffer was.

Curran today denied that the media had been misled, saying they had not listened to what she had said.

She had decided to “take responsibility” for the email breach even though she had no authority over the staff member involved.

“Because I don’t want a staff member to get the blame for a mistake, and I think that’s really important,” she said.

“I think a member of Parliament or minister or whatever should take responsibility. Nobody forced me to do it.

“The judgment was made that it would be used against us, and so I’ve fronted up and taken it on the front foot and taken responsibility for that.”

That’s bizarre. Curran says she took responsibility for something she didn’t have any responsibility for.

This clarifies some aspects of the leak sorry but in ways it’s even more bizarre.

Where was Matt McCarten in managing this? Did he sweet talk Curran into taking one for the team or something?

Yesterday Curran was not doing interviews, not tweeting (unusual for her). A day later she claims noble intent and took responsibility.

This story still doesn’t pass the credibility test.

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