No ev­i­dence of leak

Otago Daily Times - - General -

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion has found no ev­i­dence any Min­is­te­rial Ser­vices staff leaked in­for­ma­tion to the me­dia about Win­ston Peters be­ing over­paid su­per­an­nu­a­tion for sev­eral years.

The Depart­ment of In­ter­nal Af­fairs in­ter­viewed Min­is­te­rial Ser­vices staff and searched dig­i­tal records as part of its in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The probe found five Min­is­te­rial Ser­vices em­ploy­ees had re­ceived the in­for­ma­tion be­fore it was re­ported by me­dia but there was no ev­i­dence they pro­vided the in­for­ma­tion to any third par­ties, a Depart­ment of In­ter­nal Af­fairs spokesper­son said.

Two other gov­ern­ment agen­cies — the Min­istry of So­cial De­vel­op­ment and In­land Rev­enue — have also de­nied any of their staff were in­volved in the leak.

MSD said in a state­ment ear­lier yes­ter­day that all staff who had ac­cess to the rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion had a rea­son­able busi­ness pur­pose for ac­cess­ing it, and there was no ev­i­dence that this in­for­ma­tion was passed to a third party.

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