Nicky Hager is an author and investigative journalist based in Wellington, New Zealand. He has written six best-selling books and lectures regularly on investigative technique. His 1996 book, Secret Power, revealed and described the western surveillance system called Echelon, forerunner of the systems revealed by Edward Snowden. The book led to a year-long investigation into Echelon by the European Parliament.
The 2006 book The Hollow Men, a study in the politics of deception was a detailed expose of three years of politics within the New Zealand’s conservative party, the National Party. The book revealed the activities of the unseen actors in politics — political advisers, media spin doctors, contract strategists and pollsters and industry lobbyists– and led to the resignation of the party leader Don Brash when the book was released. His 2011 book Other People’s Wars was a ten-year history of New Zealand’s (largely secret) role in Afghanistan, Iraq and the war on terror. It was based on interviews with New Zealand military and intelligence staff and many internal reports.
His August 2014 book, called Dirty Politics, exposed a system of personal attacks, smears, manufactured political scandals and other dirty politics being executed by party-aligned bloggers and coordinated covertly with the Prime Minister’s office. The minister of justice and a key PM’s office staff member resigned following revelations in the book.