An apparently leaked National Party phone list - containing the private phone, fax and pagers numbers of the Prime Minister and others - has been published on the Internet.
Activist Phil Doherty emailed newspaper, radio and TV news editors on Friday saying he had "found" a Website containing the list and linked to it from his own site. The list is being published from the free Web hosting provider Geocities in the US.
The list, marked "confidential", includes Jenny Shipley's limo and cellular numbers and her private lines at Premier House, along with contacts for senior staff and MPs and the director of the Security Intelligence Service.
Doherty told @IDG he had no idea how the list was leaked "because I was contacted anonymously as to where the list was. Friends of mine have seen a hardcopy also. That is the sum total of my knowledge. The prime issue for me is that such a list was leaked, I am still amazed."
In the original e-mail, Doherty cites the apparent leaking of the list as evidence that "even insiders are disgruntled" with National.
"I have provided a link to the information because there is a real lack of accessibility and accountability in the present government.
"Having just returned home from over 10 years working overseas with both Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) and Greenpeace I am amazed at how draconian New Zealand has become.
"We imprison asylum seekers, we play the grand host to big business through Apec, the public health status of our poor people is at third world levels, we are clearly being lined up as a laboratory for the genetic engineering corporate giants because we provide a second growing season. The list of examples of irresponsible governance goes on."
Doherty told @IDG he was "surprised" he had not been contacted by the authorities over the link to the list, but said he believed Alsatair Thompson, editor of the Wellington-based news site Scoop, which carried the original press release, had been spoken to. Thompson could not be reached for comment.