6 Aug 2013

PM's chief of staff defends GCSB role

6:25 pm on 6 August 2013

The Prime Minister's chief of staff Wayne Eagleson has defended his role in the inquiry into who leaked the Kitteridge report on the Government Communications Security Bureau.

Opposition parties have accused Mr Eagleson of putting undue pressure on Parliamentary Service to release phone and email records of ministers who received the report.

They say that led to the phone records and emails of Fairfax reporter Andrea Vance and Independent MP Peter Dunne being sent to the inquiry without their consent.

But Mr Eagleson says he did nothing wrong, simply authorising on behalf of the Prime Minister the provision of ministerial and staff metadata.