Nicky Hager’s book release starts at 5:00pm today. There is likely top be plenty of media attention and coverage.
The Daily Blog say they will live stream it: TDB will livestream the release of the new Nicky Hager book, 5pm Tuesday.
Some suggested topics are the Police, spy agencies, Panama related trusts and John Key.
News coming out of the launch now – Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson coauthored the book Hit and Run
his is the latest from Vernon Small at the launch:
“Hager says it covers a dark and secret part of NZ history. Some from the military wanted it told.
“They and their colleagues went against something NZ should stand for, that amounted to war crimes.”
“The story is about the SAS in Afghanistan.
“The book is what happened for the days after the first NZ death in Bamiyan. They prepared a raid on two isolated villages.
“A call was made to Prime Minister John Key to approve the raid, and he gave the green light, Hager said.”
It is something that’s obviously important to Hager but I think a few hoping it would be an election blockbuster may be disappointed.
More from Stuff’s live feed:
Nicky Hager’s latest book,co-authored with Jon Stephenson – Hit and Run
- It details NZ SAS raids on villages in Afghanistan.
- Prime Minister John Key gave the green light for a raid on two isolated villages, Hager said.
- But the go ahead was based on flimsy intelligence, he alleges.
- Following SAS attacks on the villages saw 6 killed and 15 injured.
Stuff Live: Author Nicky Hager unveils new political book
It’s not a book I’m likely to purchase or read.
Stuff: This is a sheet of media commentary, prepared by Hager’s team.
It’s headlined: Denials made to the media about civilian deaths (2010 – 2014)
ISAF Joint Command: “No civilians were injured or killed during this operation”
– ‘Numerous insurgents killed and weapons recovered’, news release 2010-08- CA-266, 23 August 2010, Kabul, Afghanistan.
New Zealand Defence Force: “Following the operation allegations of civilian casualties were made. These were investigated by a joint Afghan Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Interior and International Security Assistance Force assessment team, in accordance with ISAF procedures. The investigation concluded that the allegations of civilian casualties were unfounded”
– ‘NZ Defence Force operations in Bamiyan on 22 August 2010’, media release, 20 April 2011.
Defence minister Wayne Mapp: “That’s been investigated and proven to be false…. I am satisfied around that”
– Wayne Mapp asked about civilian casualties, Q+A, Television New Zealand, 24 April 2011.
It will be interesting to see if he has anything to say about
John Key: “My understanding is that after a thorough review of the CDF [Chief of Defence Force] at the weekend, he is very confident that the New Zealand Defence Force version of events is correct…. They say there were insurgents that were killed, but that was it”
– John Key on TV3 Firstline, 1 July 2014.
The New Zealand Defence Force: “The NZDF stands by its statement made on 20 April 2011 [above] and will not be making further comment.”
– New Zealand Defence Force, statement to Maori Television Service, 30 June 2014.
Defence minister Jonathan Coleman: “What I would emphasise is New Zealanders were not involved – and that’s categorical – in any civilian casualties or deaths”
– Jonathan Coleman in Stacey Kirk, ‘Categorical: ‘NZ troops did not kill civilians’, Stuff, 1 July 2014.
Defence minister Jonathan Coleman asked by reporters if coalition forces had killed civilians during the raid: “There is no evidence that they did.”
– Jonathan Coleman, New Zealand Herald, 1 July 2014.
John Key: “We don’t discuss the detail of SAS operations, but what we do say categorically is that no New Zealand soldier was involved in killing civilians”
– John Key in Ripeka Timutimu, ‘Key denies SAS involvement in civilian deaths in Afghanistan’,
Maori Television Service, 1 July 2014.
So there is a significant political aspect.
I think it will now take a while to have this properly analysed and checked against alternate claims and denials.
Interesting from Stacey Kirk:
Hager has just said he suspects himself and Stephenson actually know far more than what John Key was ever told about the raid before approving it.
He understood Key was not given the full picture, but Hager also said the buck stops with the PM.
He hopes Bill English will take a step back, as he’s not culpable for this.
Political reporter Jo Moir has just filed this:
The New Zealand Defence Force have been approached for a statement in light of Hager and Stephenson’s book launch. A spokeswoman said it was too early to comment at this stage.
Labour has also been contacted about the revelations but were still busy collecting information from the launch before anyone would comment.
As I said, it will take a while to digest and check all of the details.