The Dim-Post

February 22, 2012


Filed under: Politics — danylmc @ 9:06 am

I tend to agree with Keith – the ‘Russian Group’ leaking Murray McCully’s emails have no reason whatsoever to redact the email address of the person who sent the least discreet email, and leave all the other addresses and phone numbers intact. So that suggests a domestic source and domestic agenda. The header for the leak reads:

  1. Privet.
  2. Товарищи hacked into Foreign Affairs Ministers email account. This is year ago.
  3. We see reports from New Zealand tv. It show some emails. We will leak the emails he talk about.
  4. This is not important to us. This is skid stuff. We move onto more things now.
  5. (Sorry for bad english).
  6. – Long Live RBN
  7. – @TheComradez
  8. до свидания

RBN is the Russian Business Network, a Russian based cyber-crime organisation. But the cyrillic text in the emails are the Russian words for ‘comrade’ and ‘goodbye’, and you can just cut and paste it from the wiktionary pages for the term.

But why would anyone leak these emails? The obvious conspiracy theory is that the main email concerns waste at MFAT, and its been leaked a day before the government cuts hundreds of jobs from that organisation. But that would be a weird, pointlessly elaborate way to get that information out there, when McCully’s press sec can just take an email like that to any media organisation and ask them to put it on their front page as an ‘exclusive leak’, ‘our investigations have revealed . . .’ ect.


  1. Of course it could have been leaked by a disgruntled PSA member who is trying to make it look like a McCully staffer trying to look like a Russian hacker.

    Comment by merv — February 22, 2012 @ 11:22 am

  2. ect? heh.

    I know McCully is suspect for any number of reasons (just ask his parliamentary colleagues).

    This leak of emails has a very contrived look.

    PUBLICITY sure, but what about?

    I am sure the Chinese would have been more surprised if he had not said what he did. It is called diplomacy (a euphemism for arm wrestling).

    Comment by peterlepaysan — February 22, 2012 @ 7:16 pm

  3. I still don’t get it: I’ve watched the opening credits of Elephant Boy over and over. What’s with the title of this post?

    Comment by Clunking Fist — February 23, 2012 @ 5:29 pm

  4. @CF: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Watch it. The 70s TV series, not the movie.

    Comment by Hugh — February 23, 2012 @ 5:38 pm

  5. Cheers, Hugh. I was on the verge of buying that, then amazon uk ened the free delivery offer.

    Comment by Clunking Fist — February 23, 2012 @ 7:05 pm

  6. It’s worthy any price they might care to charge you. Seriously. BEST TV SERIES EVER. The movie’s not bad either but it just doesn’t quite do Smiley justice IMO.

    Comment by Hugh — February 23, 2012 @ 8:00 pm


    Tough call…. ‘House of Cards’, anyone?

    Comment by Phil — February 24, 2012 @ 11:29 am

  8. House of Cards could get my vote. But haps I should watch TTSS first. But should I read the book before or after watching?!

    Comment by Clunking Fist — February 27, 2012 @ 7:48 am

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