The Herald reports:
Police will not say whether the investigative journalist is again a suspect, instead of simply a witness, after a pivotal Supreme Court decision which ruled computer files were property.
Documents show the new definition from the court puts Hager back in the frame over the computer files he was given by a hacker which he used as the basis for his book.
If computer files are
not deemed property by the Supreme Court, then yes Hager could be in trouble.
Otago University law professor Andrew Geddis said the Supreme Court decision was focused on one small part of the Crimes Act. But he said the logic behind the court’s decision would likely “follow through” to the way the courts handled other parts of the law – including receiving stolen goods.
“Rawshark will have obtained property in breach of [the law]. If Rawshark obtained property it’s hard to see those files are not still property when they get passed on to Mr Hager.”
This will be very interesting. Personally I’m in favour of people being discouraged from hacking computers and planting spies in offices. The only illegal activity uncovered in the book, was the actual hacking used that the book was based on.