That pesky Neutron bomb
Hager claim raises fresh leak worries
New questions are being asked about National's internal security after revelations of John Key's relationship with controversial Australian strategists Crosby/Textor.
Author Nicky Hager has revealed the relationship between the Australian firm and Mr Key, including details of meeting dates and focus group research. The firm has courted controversy for tactics including push-polling. Co-founder Lynton Crosby was largely credited for former Australian prime minister John Howard's 2001 Tampa campaign.
But the firm is also in high demand both in Australia and Britain after running numerous successful political campaigns.
National used Crosby/Textor before the 2005 campaign but was sensitive about details of the relationship getting out; senior party figures denied using the firm except on an occasional basis, though it later emerged in Hager's book The Hollow Men that they had a more extensive relationship.
In yesterday's Sunday Star-Times, Hager claimed National was paying co-founder Mark Textor about $10,000 a visit and had him conducting monthly focus groups for the party. Mr Key had hired the company shortly after becoming leader, Hager said.
A spokesman for Mr Key said yesterday the party did not comment on its business arrangements. It is understood, however, that the substantive detail of Hager's claims about the relationship are correct. But his possession of such closely held details are likely to rekindle unease about internal security - National has consistently claimed it was the victim of a computer hacker after hundreds of former leader Don Brash's private e-mails fell into Hager's hands.
Labour have claimed they have a ‘neutron bomb’ up their sleeve which is the identity of the leaker to Hagar, apparently Clark knows who it is, Culllen and Peters knows who it is, I wonder who could have leaked the files from within National so much so that their identity being revealed would be a ‘neutron bomb’….
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A neutron bomb was a type of tactical nuclear weapon built mainly by the U.S. specifically to release a relatively large portion of its energy as energetic neutron radiation. This contrasts with standard thermo-nuclear weapons, which are designed to capture the intense neutron radiation inside the bomb to increase its overall yield. The technical term for the neutron bomb was "enhanced radiation weapon" (ERW). In terms of explosive yield, ERWs were about one-tenth that of a conventional fission type weapon. While significantly less in explosive power, they were still much more potent than any conventional bomb