Key can't escape Dirty Politics fallout

Published: 7:31AM Monday August 18, 2014 Source: ONE News

Prime Minister John Key continues to be dogged by questions about the Dirty Politics book as he tries to get his election campaign back on track.

He announced a $100 million cycleway policy today but became frustrated when quizzed about the continued fall-out from Nicky Hager's book.

"You have got a whole bunch of people who are trying to discredit the government. I think the public will be more interested in urban cycleways than what you guys are talking about," Mr Key told media.

Mr Key dismissed the release of emails passed on to Dirty Politics author Hicky Hager.

"Again there is nothing new today."

However, Labour says the emails prove the Prime Minister's office has been "directly involved" in briefing Cameron Slater's Whaleoil blog.

The hacker provided the emails via Mega - the web-based storage platform set up by Kim Dotcom.

"I do think it is vaguely interesting anyway that the dump of these has been put on site established by Kim Dotcom," says Mr Key.

Meanwhile, Mr Key has also spoken to Judith Collins over claims made in Dirty Politics that she gave the name of a public servant to Mr Slater who then used it an attack blog. He continues to stand by her.