So the witch hunt against people in positions of authority who have what some would consider a dodgy past is getting up steam.
It all began when an MP for the green party GroenLinks was forced to quit for his role in breaking into the economic affairs ministry in the 1980s and editing a magazine which published the stolen documents.
And now, the NRC reports gleefully, it seems that none other than the current environment minister Jacqueline Cramer gave her backing to the action at the time.
The paper has unearthed an advert from the Volkskrant newspaper in June 1986 in which Cramer – then known as Kramer – is one of 178 signatories to a letter supporting the magazine Bluf which published the papers detailing the government’s secret nuclear power plans.
‘We claim to be the commissioners of, and responsible for, the issues of Bluf in which the documents were published,’ the advert states.
At the time Kramer was head of the environmental group Milieudefensie – yes the very same organisation that has just been warned by Cramer to get its facts right or lose government subsidies.
The paper says the minister was unavailable to comment this morning. Doubtless she is putting the finishing touches to her resignation letter. Who will be next?
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