Mark Baker, the editor-at-large of The Age newspaper, who has been reporting on the Prime Minister’s supposed embezzlement conspiracy theory in some detail, was the best man of Nick Styant-Browne, the disgruntled ex-partner at Slater & Gordon who has been talking up the controversy in recent times.
Sources familiar with lefty friendship circles in Melbourne say Styant-Browne and Baker are as thick as thieves, even though it’s a long-distance Seattle-Melbourne bro-mance.
Baker, thought to be very displeased at being passed over for the editor-in-chief’s job at The Age, has surprised observers by extensively reporting on the claims by the PM’s foes that imply or even occasionally assert the PM – in the 1990s – was the beneficiary or architect of a fraud.
They have mostly rehashed the extensive investigative work of News Limited scribes although new elements from Styant-Browne
The senior journalist has not disclosed to readers his close personal association with Styant-Browne, now a Seattle based lawyer, long considered a foe of Gillard’s and her former mentor at the firm, now Federal Court judge, Bernard Murphy, so we’re doing it for him.