BC Premier Christy Clark is walking back allegations she made yesterday that the BC NDP hacked into the BC Liberal website.
Yesterday, in a live-streamed interview with the Vancouver Sun, Clark alleged the opposition had been behind an alleged intrusion into her party’s site, saying “We saw them try to hack into our website the other day.”
Today, it was a different line:
“Um, I would just, they, they talked like they had, but who knows,” she told reporters after introducing the Liberals’ Vancouver Island slate of candidates.
And despite mentioning the allegations three times in an interview yesterday, Christy Clark today says this isn’t something the people of the province care about.
“I am not spending a whole lot of time thinking about that. British Columbians don’t, aren’t really interested in all this inside baseball about what political parties do to each other.”
Clark says if it happened it would be a criminal act but, when asked, said she had no evidence it happened, and again said they’d heard people talk like it did.
But in a statement released late this afternoon, the BC Liberals are claiming they do have some evidence of hacking, though nothing that actually links to the NDP:
“We have identified numerous IP addresses linked to attempts to hack into BCLiberals.com. One of these IP addresses, common to the Vancouver Island Platform hack and another previous attempt, has been traced to the Legislative Assembly in Victoria.”
The Liberals did not say if they had forwared a complaint to police.
NDP demands retraction, apology
But while the Premier says voters don’t care about the issue, the BC NDP certainly does.
“They have created a storm, and now they’re pretending they want to get away from it. Well, you can’t stir the pot and pour it all over yourself, and blame someone else for it,” says NDP Leader John Horgan.
He’s accusing Clark of smearing his party and says the information the premier is claiming was ‘hacked’ was actually publicly available on the Liberals’ website.
“The most powerful person in the province thinks it’s OK to just make things up.”
Horgan says he wants to see the premier issue an apology for the hacking claims across every platform she made them on.
And he says barring an apology, the NDP could take legal action, adding it has already consulted a lawyer.