Mr Key said that while his office was told the information [about the Official Information Act request] was being sent to Slater, he personally wasn't told.
"What does happen is my office gets told if an OIA [Official Information Act response] is going out. More often than not they don't tell me."And yet in the letter below, Mr Tucker tells Felix Marwick "I notified the Prime Minister (in accordance with my usual practice...)".
Gentle reader, this was an OIA request to the SIS pertaining to the then leader of the Opposition. Is it really plausible that no one in Mr Key's office thought it necessary to inform the PM that this information - redacted or otherwise - was being released? We leave it for you to decide.