I’ve been reading Ben Rachinger’s sequence of posts on what he claims is his adventure with Cameron Slater and hacking the Standard blog. Rachinger alleges Slater arranged to pay him $5000 to hack the blog but he never did the work, instead becoming an undercover operative for the NZ police.
Rachinger’s story is a jumble of names and events that involves a number of NZ political identities including Jessica Williams, (the “political editor” at Radio Live), Matthew Hooton, Russell Brown, David Farrar, Tony Lentino and various other unconfirmed people with supposed money and/ or political influence.
I don’t want to spend too much time on it as other bloggers are covering it in enough detail, other than to say I may be somewhat politically naive, but (if the allegations have even a small amount of truth) it is disappointing to me to see what a rat’s nest of amoral and possible criminal behaviour is being revealed here, especially as it involves many who profess to represent the right of politics in the NZ media and blogosphere.
I mean we are better than the left aren’t we? We do have principles that involve respect for the law, respect for other people’s property, respect for truth. Respect for one’s self?
If we don’t adhere to those ideas then what is it that makes us different from the Marxists we work to dislodge from power?
The silence from those accused in Rachinger’s exposé is deafening.