An internal memorandum was sent in error by an employee at the Ministry for the Environment to a post-graduate researcher named Malcolm Scott of Canterbury. Mr Scott, who is investigating issues related to atmospheric aerosol operations in New Zealand, did not realize the significance of the 6-paged document until someone called him and asked him to destroy it.
Post-graduate researcher, Mr Malcolm Scott
On March the 11th, Mr Scott got a phone call from a member of the Climate Directorate staff informing him that a 6-page memo had been sent in error and they wanted it destroyed. Malcolm asked for the request in writing and lo and behold, later that afternoon this arrived via email:
Can you please confirm by return that you have destroyed the 6 page internal memorandum that was inadvertently released to you under the Official information (OIA). A mistake at our end and I apologise for…
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