The Herald reports:
Former Prime Minister Helen Clark has angrily denied a claim in a United States diplomatic cable that the previous Labour-led Government sent New Zealand non-combat engineers to Iraq so that dairy company Fonterra could secure a United Nations contract.
She described the claim as preposterous.
So why did Helen send tropps to Iraq, if it were not to help Fonterra?
Mr Goff yesterday said the allegation was ridiculous.
“No such trade-off was ever suggested and if it ever had been, it would have been rejected out-of-hand. We do not trade putting the lives of our military personnel at risk for commercial deals. It is a completely false claim.”
What is interesting is that Michael Cullen has not denied that he did talk about the risk to Fonterra.