In an unusual move, the NZ Herald editorial has strongly criticised the response of the Sunday Star-Times to their fake spy story.
The Herald helped debunk the story a couple of days after it appeared, by the simple use of Google and some other research.
They say “They should not report what they cannot verify. The paper was not sure of the story, as it subsequently had to concede.” and “It should never have seen the front page, or any page, of a respectable newspaper.”
On the same issue, it transpires a second of the three “con-men” has been connected to Labour. Jack Sanders stood for Labour in 1990 and Gerald Thorns worked for Phil Goff for three years, and claims he was a close political advisor. Goff admits Thorns worked for him, but denies he was an advisor.