Labour leader Phil Goff remains adamant that he was not briefed by SIS director Dr Warren Tucker on the Israeli backpacker investigation.
Goff's oponents are painting him as a liar, all on the strength of a note from a meeting released by the SIS to attack blogger Cameron Slater under the Official Information Act.
Quite why the SIS released this information to Slater, who was only ever going to use it to discredit Goff, when it would not release the same information to Fairfax, and when it seldom releases information on any matter to anyone, is another question.
In any event, the notes from the meeting don't tell us much.
So are we any closer to knowing what was discussed? No. Goff said he had no discussion on the topic, and the notes say the matter was discussed. Someone is either mistaken or is lying.
But we don't know who. So claims Goff is lying are unfounded, because the evidence is inconclusive. Notes from a meeting can be erroneous, just as a person's recollection of what happened at that meeting can be wrong.
It seems pretty clear that this has been another attack orchestrated by National's pet bloggers on Phil Goff, probably at the behest of their masters, aided by a compliant news media that much prefers scandal to serious policy analysis.