Rank Bullsh*t From “Former Wellington Civil Servant”

Interesting the way the NZ Herald continues to describe this person as a “former Wellington civil servant”. Do you think they’re trying to tell us something? Like civil servants frequently can’t be trusted. Naaah, no way the Herald would imply a simple truth like that.

Jailed Kiwi Sharon Armstrong knew she was carrying a secret parcel in a hidden compartment in her suitcase – but she is adamant she had no idea the parcel contained drugs. The surprise revelation came in an exclusive interview with the Herald on Sunday in Buenos Aires’ Unidad 31 prison.

Armstrong’s faint hopes of an early release from prison were dashed when Judge Daniel Petrone confirmed he would proceed with a full investigation at a private court appearance. In the interview yesterday, the former Wellington civil servant said she was tricked into believing she was taking a top secret business contract to a man in London that she had been dating online for six months.

“I know I have been incredibly stupid,” she said. “But I was in love with him. “He said that it was documents and a contract. I don’t know any more about it and I didn’t ask. I just thought it was really important and that the contract was worth a lot of money. “I know I am innocent, my family and friends know I am innocent. If you ask them, they will say my biggest fault is that I am too trusting.”

8 thoughts on “Rank Bullsh*t From “Former Wellington Civil Servant”

  1. Apart from supplying the Tui ad writers with a lifetime supply of material from her quotes, I really think she is under the impression that by playing the slightly befuddled, silly old woman, I am the victim, etc etc, card, she is going to walk out of there with a cup of tea and a pat on the head. Might have worked with her previous employers but this is Argentina.

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  2. It sounds as if she was trying to secure funding for an early and luxurious retirement. The rest is all bullsh*t.

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  3. Frankly, I cannot comprehend where this woman finds the audacity to think that her former position as a public servant would entitle her to any different treatment than would be foisted upon any drug mule. What it does expose in bright light is the culture that permeates the ranks of public srvants and those in any way connected with the apartheid classes that have run NZ over the last few decades. The all feel rather elevated above the general populace and entitled to extra support and privileges when their indiscretions are exposed. The typical response is also that we all must suddenly realize that this bureaucrat, who we under normal circumstances had to pay deference to, is suddenly imbibed with the same silliness and human traits that we all have. The sheer rank hypocrisy involved seems to evade those in the media, who no doubt would adopt a similar stance in such circumstances.

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  4. Sharon better buy some good books.
    5 kg of cocaine is maybe 10 years min.
    I’d add another 5 for treating the Judge as if he’s an idiot.

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  5. Bez: Yours is a fantastic post. The sense of pervasive entitlement amongst the public service is palpable, but not more so than amongst the members of the teachers’ unions. This woman may be foolish, may be entrapped, but she is a criminal. Her personal circumstances may mitigate a punishment, but in the first instance she is liable to go down and deserves to if the war against drugs is indeed truly universal.

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  6. From the days of “Midnight Express” onwards, it’s been clear that every drug mule is an idiot.

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