The Herald reports:
An embarrassing leak to Australian media of a high-level New Zealand diplomatic cable has jeopardised future discussions between the two countries, Labour leader Phil Goff says.
The Government is investigating how the report, which details the takeover of the Australian prime ministership by Julia Gillard, fell into the hands of the Australian newspaper, which published parts of it yesterday.
Yeah this is almost as bad as that leak, where notes of confidential discussions with US Senators was leaked – jeopardising MFAT being allowed to sit in on any future discussions.
Now who leaked those again? Oh, yes, a Mt P Goff.
Mr Goff, a former Foreign Minister, called it a serious breach of protocol that undermined the integrity and credibility of the foreign service.
“It’s extraordinary that a confidential diplomatic cable could have found its way into the hands of the news media, and that could be potentially damaging to the relationship between New Zealand and Australia.
“Any confidential briefing likely to be given to New Zealand diplomats in Canberra is now likely to be withheld.”
Maybe the diplomats thought they were following the lead of that other P Goff?
Incidentally I agree it is a bad thing that confidential memo got leaked.