Spare a thought for poor Nicky Hager, his apology from the SIS has been expunged from the SIS website and his lefty pals have their knickers in a bunch over it.
The New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (SIS) scrubbed its apology to investigative journalist Nicky Hager 15 days after posting it to their website.
But that 2022 apology, which also came with $66,000 compensation for unlawfully spying on Hager’s phone records, has now been reinstated to the SIS website – after Stuff asked why the mea culpa had vanished.
In emails released under the Official Information Act (OIA), staff at the SIS discussed removing the official apology days after it was posted.That includes the SIS’ general counsel – the secret intelligence agency’s top lawyer – sending an email classified as “SENSITIVE”. That email requested the apology be pulled down after two weeks, because in their view “that story had passed”.