A copy of the teapot tape has been placed online, and the link e-mailed to a huge number of people from an anon e-mail address.
There are a very small number of people who have that file. Bradley Ambrose and the senior staff of the Herald on Sunday and TV3. Will any of them be brave enough to admit they did it? I will say I don’t think it is anyone from the Herald on Sunday. To be fair to them, they didn’t publish the tape originally, and it was TV3 that turned it into a daily circus.
I said before the election it was inevitable it would come out at some stage.
The recording is on You Tube (uploaded by 2Johns2Cups), plus two other locations. I’m not providing a direct link due to the questionable legality, but I do not believe saying where it has been published (as I have done) makes me a publisher, anymore than when newspapers reported Whale Oil had broken a suppression order (which sent everyone off to his site).
The irony is that the recording is quite benign, as the PM has said. The media beat this up into a nonsense, that just lowered their standing with most New Zealanders.
Hopefully this release will mean that we can all move on now, except of course we await the Police decision on the legality of making the recording.
Please do not post a direct link in the comments.Tags: Bradley Ambrose, John Banks, John Key, secret recordings, You Tube