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GREENSPARTY’S WATERGATE: Hip and cool WikiLeaks party set to swoop on ethically challenged Greensparty

Criminal charges for a senior Greensparty honcho, Fraser Brindley, over the illegal penetration of a rival political party’s computers, will make it very difficult indeed for the party to pretend it’s the moral superior of other parties. With looming threats like the WikiLeaks party set to pick at their carcass after three years of being closely connected with an unpopular federal Labor government, things aren’t looking good for once idealistic enviro-party in the post Bob Brown era.

26% of voters surveyed by John Utting, the ALP’s preferred pollster, say they’ll be likely to vote for Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks party. The poll methodology exaggerates their vote but will certainly be enough to worry the Greens party that a cooler, hipper, higher profile, less sleazy and compromised option is out there for ultra-left and hipster voters.

When it first started, great success seemed a bit unlikely but their choice of campaign director, Greg Barns, and the speed with which they have moved, suggests the WikiLeaks party could spell big trouble for the Greens party in the future, possibly as soon as the next federal poll.

The Greens party has many challenges ahead of it, as the gloss goes off its “brand” in the post Bob Brown era. Its NSW division is bad to the bone, dominated by extremists and ideologues, like anti-live-music zealot and hater of the Jewish state of Israel Senator Lee Rhiannon.

Its Victorian operation has been more pragmatic but is now caught up in a very ugly corruption scandal, involving revelations one of its senior operatives and former upper house candidate Fraser Brindley has been charged with illegally hacking the ALP’s voter database.

The dirty tricks aspect of the Greensparty’s campaigns has only occasionally received public attention, with the ABC’s Jon Faine expressing outrage during the last state campaign that Greensparty campaigners were attempting to flood his talkback lines with propaganda.

Criminal defendants Fraser Brindley, Royce Millar, Nick McKenzie and Ben Schneiders are all presumed innocent until proven guilty…

The initial cover-up of the largest campaign donation in Australian history, from travel website multi-millionaire Graeme Wood, and the ethics of taking millions from one man whose commercial causes Greensparty Senators later championed, have hurt the reputation of the trendy left party in the eyes of many. Even NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon, a former Soviet-trained communist operative, was appalled and ghost-wrote damning criticism of the handling of the issue.

The details of how Fraser Brindley, and the three Age journalists charged with hacking – Royce Millar, Nick McKenzie and Ben Schneiders, came to obtain the password access to the ALP’s computers are expected to come out during their criminal trial, which gets under way on May 16th. It’s important to note the four criminally accused men are innocent until proven otherwise.

While The Age, and a few other jokers, have been keen to spin the criminal prosecution of the four as a Rupert Murdoch plot, and that press freedom itself is under attack, the truth is that chasing a story isn’t a legal or moral defence to committing criminal acts.

Even if it was, VEXNEWS understands and has earlier reported what will almost certainly come out in court that a number of the journalists conducted searches within the database on people who clearly had no connection with any story about the ALP’s voter database, including spouses, friends and relatives of the now criminally accused. Searches were also conducted on individuals the subject of other completely unrelated stories. Indeed, one of the criminally accused, Ben Schneiders, did not work at all on the initial voter database story. The offending story itself – still online despite the scandal – is by-lined Royce Millar and Nick McKenzie. Oh, the wicked web they weave.

The double-standard is quite spectacular too. None of the AgeBC brigade seemed keen to pipe up about press freedom when the free but line-crossing British tabloid press hacked into the private voicemail phone accounts of hundreds of subjects of stories. Because many of them were employed by their imagined nemesis Rupert Murdoch, they were judged by a different, much harsher, standard. It was The Age’s excitable breathless and massively over-the-top reporting about these far-away events that prompted our interest in what they had done by allegedly criminally hacking the ALP computers in the first place, as we have previously noted. What the sow, they reap, courtesy of VEXNEWS.

Brindley himself is believed to have played a mastermind role in the criminal plot with some observers believing he could face quite a serious penalty (if the case against him is proven and he is convicted) and potential removal from an executive position within the state government’s Environmental Protection Authority.

There is speculation Brindley was involved in orchestrating a Nixonian-style enemy-infiltration programme against the ALP using Greensparty campaigners as spies on Labor campaigns. Not exactly the starry-eyed idealism they used to promote to inner-city mums, hipsters and public servants who once so wanted to believe in them.


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  1. GREENSGATE. An outrage!

    Is the temperature reaching a tipping point in the GreenCave?

    Stay tuned. Same Vex channel, same Vexed time!

    H the B

    Posted by H the B | April 23, 2013, 13:20
  2. Can Edwina Storie, Stephen Mayne, Nick McKenzie, Fraser Brindley and Hakki Suleyman all share a jail cell?

    Wld be hot

    Posted by bring on IBAC | April 23, 2013, 13:21
  3. How many votes did Fwaser Bwindley lose by in Bwunswick Gweens pweselection?

    Posted by 1 vote | April 23, 2013, 13:23
  4. The Greensparty has many devoted and dedicated members who truly are exceptionally talented and decent people.

    It also has a dark underbelly of manipulating opportunists of extremist tendencies who would undermine the essential fabric of Australian society.

    Posted by Giuseppe De Simone | April 23, 2013, 15:14
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    Posted by GREENSPARTY'S WATERGATE: Hip and cool WikiLeaks party set to swoop on … – VEXNEWS | americanpeacenik.com | April 23, 2013, 19:15
  6. […] bei den “Aussies” mit 26 Prozent auch bemerkenswert positiv, andere prognostizieren ein Waterloo für die australischen Grünen, weil die Greensparty nun vor einer radikaleren und hipperen Konkurrenz steht, die gerade für […]

    Posted by Senatswahlkampf: Wikileaks-Partei hat gute Umfragewerte | JasminRevolution2.0 | April 23, 2013, 19:17
  7. These criminals hiding behind a non existent tenant on of “Freedom of the Press” No such thing exists under law (It is the right of free of speech that needs protection not those who claim to have some extra privileged or immunity as corporate journalists, not even Vexnews is beyond the law)

    Illegal trespass and hacking into confidential information is against the law

    Book em, lock them up and throw away the key.

    They can write the bylines of the in-house “Jail-times” News for inmates

    Posted by Beyond the law | April 23, 2013, 21:51
  8. The ALP keep information on people without their consent and the Age is doing a story on that.
    Whoop de do.
    “Oh we do protest to much”
    Something to hide?

    Posted by Maggy | April 24, 2013, 11:05
  9. The Greens keep a database on voters.

    A person contacted Adam Bandt in Melbourne on a confidential Immigration matter only to find that his private details were handed over Bob Brown and the Greens Party, without his consent, to be used to solicit funds for the Greens Political Campaign.

    Posted by Green Corrpution | April 24, 2013, 19:05
  10. I have heard reports that Adam Bandt only represents those constituents that are connected to the Greens or who have made financial contributions.

    The handing over of confidential constituent records to a third party without consent is illegal and in breach of a member of parliament’s privacy obligations.

    Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2013, 19:12
  11. I understand Adam Bandt is still registered on the Victorian Bar as an Officer of the Court. If that is correct he may also be in contravention of the Bar Associations code of ethics.

    Posted by The Bar Advocate | April 24, 2013, 19:14
  12. Wikileaks Vs Greens? I don’t think I could handle that much popcorn.

    Posted by Gregoryno6 | April 25, 2013, 13:21
  13. Hopefully they’ll cancel each other out.
    Failing that I’d settle for the ecofascists losing out to ST Julian of electrons want to be fwee!

    Posted by Scott | April 25, 2013, 15:21
  14. I smell ork

    Posted by Highlander | May 8, 2013, 22:35
  15. Interference in local mediation affairs by __

    Posted by Hsam | May 10, 2013, 10:59
  16. bleeding members then?

    Posted by Anonymous | May 10, 2013, 11:34


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