Thank you for that. I was struggling to find a reason why now rather than 2011...
Absolutely Stephen. I had just seen a few mentions of the hacking aspect from around the world, including a UK MP, and I'd be much more comfortable if the focus is on the new aspect not the old 'hacking' allegation.
But they were surely justified in 2011 then? If so, why was that not done then?
This is the interesting part, re-reading that piece:
including searching inside the Labour Party computers
Is this a not-very-clever way of saying rooting around the web server? Or is there actual allegations that individual computers were hacked into?
Anyone up to that point in the book yet?
Part of the issue with this aspect is that it’s old news – it happened in 2011 and it’s been out in the open since. If it were so obviously illegal why wasn’t something done back then?
But then that may be opening up a whole new can of worms ;)
Thanks William. I'm always happy to be proved wrong :)
I would suggest, however, that if it was this cut and dry then why wasn't something done in 2011 when this first became news? The only new aspect here is that Slater was fed the info (and lied about it) by PM's staffer. Hence my lack of comfort on the 'hacking' side of things.
Agree totally, Dylan. That's my concern. The ability to push back if it's the 'hacking' that becomes the focal point is huge.
I guess until I've read the book (and that may be a while seeing as there doesn't seem to be any immediate potential for an ebook) then I can't be sure if it's Hager himself who is using the term 'hacking' or how it's being reported.
I am uncomfortable if the 'hacking' is solely the leak of the Labour Party donor list because it seems pretty clear going by the video Slater himself posted in 2011 that it was open access: Slater Video
Sure, this may point to the PM's Office feeding the info to Slater on how to access it and Ede working with Slater to work out which info to release (which would make Slater a liar seeing as he said the Nats weren't involved) - but that's a hugely less serious accusation IMO, than 'hacking'.
'Hacking' would be a serious offence and require resignations and potential police action. Accessing an open directory because a configuration was screwed up isn't hacking. It might be dirty politics but it's not 'hacking'.
Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this. I loved Jimmy's 'Don't judge me' line before his review of 'Blue is the Warmest Colour' and I heartily endorse his decision to call 'Her' the best of them all.
I struggled with quite a few of these films and think many failed to live up to the hype. 'Her', on the other hand, sounded stupid and blew me away.
Jimmy makes an excellent film critic (and not just because he agrees with me!)
I'm not really disagreeing with you Craig (although I think at the moment it's impossible to scan all uploaded content and I don't necessarily think it's a good step to take anyway).
I do think it's unfortunate that small publishers have to put time and resource into fighting piracy and I do feel for them. If they had chosen their targets more carefully than just blasting Mega on this occasion I could well have supported what they wrote (and possibly shared it around on social media too).
And I think it's great they've chosen the path of no DRM. Unfortunately for all publishers piracy is going to happen, particularly for high profile books like 'The Luminaries'.
How they try and minimise that is the key and that's much more complicated than me criticising their press release, so I'll step away from that argument!