Friday, 8 August 2008

Deep Throat 2: The devil in the detail

In the light of the obvious connections between the Labour Party and the Blog The Standard, and their connection to the bugging of the National Party conference last week, I thought I would do some googling and see what I came up with.


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You would have to be Linda Lovelace
to
swallow the denial by The Standard
Blog and their connections to the Labour
Party.


There is of course some garbage written about the connections between The Labour Party and The Standard so I will just note the credible ones and their sources. There seems to be a long shameful history exposing clear links between Labour and The Standard.

From Lynn Prentice, a tech head from The Standard:

Because it is voluntary, it takes donations to help run the site. In this case a donated block of static IP’s pointing to a server cluster. In this case I think that the IP’s were donated to the NZLP, who donated them to help our blog. The volume of traffic was growing fast enough that we needed to move to a more distributed cluster than the origional test site.

Lynn admits herself, in her own blog, that the Labour party "donated" some "IPs" or server space.

Some of the websites hosted on this server are(From Kiwiblog):

1) bgo.wallmannsberger.com
2) civilunions.org.nz
3) cunliffe.org.nz
4) herodebate.org.nz
5) rainbowlabour.org.nz
6) thestandard.org.nz
7) timbarnett.org.nz
8) tonymilne.org.nz
9) wallmannsberger.com
10) younglabour.org.nz


According to KiwiBlog The Standard is hosted on server space purchased by the Labour party:

www.thestandard.org.nz is hosted on a server at 202.74.226.119

A WHOIS on that IP address gives us:

inetnum: 202.74.226.112 - 202.74.226.127
netname: LABOURPARTY1-2DAY-NZ
descr: New Zealand Labour Party
country: NZ

Oh dear.

It appears their server is hosted on an IP block purchased by THE NZ LABOUR PARTY from 2Day. Personally I’d find it incredibly unlikely for Labour to pay to put up a “blog” with comments from what would appear to be professional comms people (”spindoctors” posting propaganda) without said comms people also being paid by Labour, or perhaps one of their Labour-affiliated member unions.

Then the two visits from a Labour Party person to this site, from parliament and linked through The Standard shortly after management on that blog had visited Political Animal to read articles written about Labour's links to the National Party bugging:

6th August 2008

Number of Entries:
Entry Page Time:
Visit Length:
Browser
OS
Resolution
5
6th August 2008 18:25:10
17 hours 18 mins 33 secs
MSIE 6.0
Windows XP
1024x768
Returning Visits:
Location:
Hostname:
Entry Page:
Exit Page:
Referring URL:
0
Wellington New Zealand
pspc18-241.parliament.govt.nz (202.22.18.241) [Label IP Address]
darrenrickard.blogspot.com/2008/08/sub-standard-political-attack-backfires.html
darrenrickard.blogspot.com/2008/08/who-is-deep-throat.html
www.thestandard.org.nz/?p=2685


8th August 2008


Number of Entries:
Entry Page Time:
Visit Length:
Browser
OS
Resolution
4
8th August 2008 16:36:58
3 mins 45 secs
MSIE 7.0
Windows XP
1024x768
Returning Visits:
Location:
Hostname:
Entry Page:
Exit Page:
Referring URL:
0
Lower Hutt Wellington New Zealand
mswfb1.parliament.govt.nz (202.68.87.70) [Label IP Address]
darrenrickard.blogspot.com/2008/08/acc-staff-spending-on-day-spas-and.html
darrenrickard.blogspot.com/2008/08/roy-morgan-poll-1-august-2008.html
www.thestandard.org.nz/?p=2706


Management at The Standard have either been tipping off Labour Party staff and friends in Parliament or more likely Labour Party staff are posting on The Standard directly from Parliament and reading Political Animal as well. While I don't mind Labour Party drones reading my blog, it seems bizarre of management that they deny any links with them and the Labour Party considering the tip-offs, server space gifted to The Standard and admissions from The Standard that they were gifted this space.

In the light of that and The Standard's links to the National Party bugging, it would benefit all for The Standard to come out and admit their part in the espionage.


Related Political Animal reading

More visitors from Labour HQ
Labour loves Political Animal Blog
Four tape leak suspects
Political Animal gets a visit from the Labour Party
Those behind Labour's Blogsite behind Labourgate affair
Sub-Standard Political attack backfires
Who is the deep throat?
Dirty, Filthy Politicians

c Political Animal 2008






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