Nicky Hager Welcomes Police Findings on National Party Papers
News release 16 April 2008
Author Nicky Hager welcomed the findings of the Police investigation into the National Party e-mails and other documents
that formed the basis of his book, The Hollow Men. Former National Party leader Don Brash had laid a complaint with the
Police claiming the materials were stolen.
"The National Party has claimed repeatedly that someone hacked into their computers or stole the e-mails from former
leader Don Brash's computer. The Police have concluded decisively that this did not occur." Today's Police press release
says "the investigation has concluded that no unauthorised or unlawful breach took place".
"I hope that the National Party and commentators who repeated this baseless allegation will acknowledge their error and
apologise to me."
"The Police had to address issues of 'theft' and 'stealing' because that is what Don Brash alleged. But in today's
finding the Police are saying they have no idea how the leaks occurred and that they have found no evidence of any crime
"This was always going to be the outcome because the information came from legitimate leaks. I believe the National
Party used the allegations of theft, and thereby wasted Police resources, to try to distract attention away from the
serious revelations in the book."