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Controversial blogger Cameron Slater's name suppression expires in hacking case

Right-wing blogger Cameron Slater can now be named as the person accused of trying to get an associate to hack another blog site.

Whaleoil blogger Cameron Slater Source: 1 NEWS

Slater had been accused of paying Ben Rachinger to hack Labour-linked blog The Standard.

He has been given diversion by police for a charge of "counselling and/or attempting to procure Mr Rachinger to access the computer system of The Standard website to obtain property or a benefit".

He has completed diversion requirements and the charges against him have now been dismissed.

Slater had fought until today to keep his identity kept secret but that name suppression expired this afternoon.

Judge Richard McIlraith did not accept that Slater would face extreme hardship if he was named and so lifted the suppression order.

Rachinger separately faces a charge of obtaining property by deception, namely $1000 from Slater. Rachinger has pleaded not guilty and the case will be heard later this month.

Slater was the first blogger in New Zealand to be charged with breaching a name suppression order after he named two high profile sex offenders in 2009. He went on to name several more in breach of court orders.


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