Who funded the non hack?

Questions are being asked about who the funder was for the fee to be paid for the attempt by Cameron Slater to hack The Standard.

I understand that in his police statement Slater claimed there was no funder.

But in his Media Statement from Cameron Slater on Benjamin Rachinger and the hack of The Standard that never actually happened Slater states:

Ben wanted $5,000 for what he described as The Standard data he held.  That’s not the sort of money I have access to at the drop of a hat, especially as Ben had been regularly requesting and receiving a living wage from me already.  I needed to organise a sponsor to assist.

A sponsor sounds like a funder.

David Fisher in Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater admits soliciting hack

Documents presented to the court by Rachinger claimed Slater wanted “to use hacked information from the website The Standard on behalf of a funder to embarrass the Leader of the Opposition and Head of the Labour Party, Andrew Little, on the first day of Parliament sitting in 2015”.

In his statement today Slater said:

I’m going to make a number of factual statements today in this release, and I am going to write a number of articles that will delve into some of the detail of what has developed.

I wonder if he will set the record straight on who provided the funds.

And was he given the whole $5,000? It is alleged that Rachinger only received $1,000.



  1. Andy

     /  10th May 2016

    Just been banned from WOBH for questioning a post, they have turned into conspiracy theorist, and seemed to be so self absorbed in their little world that the blog has just become gutter trash

  2. Pantsdownbrown

     /  10th May 2016

    Didn’t I read somewhere Ben was going to unmask the funder in due course?

    • Gezza

       /  10th May 2016

      I’m still finding it all so confusing. From what I’ve read today all I’m clear on is that there’s been financial tangles everywhere as people began to unfund the masker. o_O

      • Pantsdownbrown

         /  10th May 2016

        Without naming names I presumed the mystery ‘backer’ was also originally part of FREED………

        • MaureenW

           /  10th May 2016

          Are you referring to the hack of WO or the hack of the Standard? It’s all a bit of a tangled web?

          • Gezza

             /  10th May 2016

            Who or what is FREED? Tried googling and apart stuff about people being released from prison I just got this:

        • jamie

           /  10th May 2016

          The name of the mystery backer was mentioned here a while back. Do you recall Slater talking about how he has regular brunches or lunches with a group of christian businessmen?

  3. Corky

     /  11th May 2016

    What I don’t understand is why Slater didn’t go overseas to acquire a hacker. They are cheap enough depending on the hack. That way your footprint in NZ is minimal.

    • Gezza

       /  11th May 2016

      It sounded like he only had $500 left. Finding & then getting in touch with a teenage boy overseas in a basement somewhere who’d do it for NZ$500 without leaving some sort of trail might’ve been un-doable?

      Anyway, isn’t it Cam’s position that he was sitting there all festering but innocent like, and then he was approached and his high moral standards suddenly subverted by being offered details of hacked material?