freitasm: This sums up nicely https://thespinoff.co.nz/politics/14-03-2018/why-the-mishandling-of-sexual-assault-complaints-is-a-political-mess-for-labour/
"Endorsement was then sought for the plan to “keep the circle small”."
That's the thing which in my opinion is never going to allow what else they did or didn't do to be explained away as a "mistake" or lapse of judgement.
It's pure political naivety to think that wouldn't be interpreted as an attempt to gag in a ham-fisted attempt at damage control - and any attempt to defend it now (ie by claiming they were thinking about the victims) is pretty well doomed to fail.
I wonder if retrospectively they're thinking that "going public" might have been a better idea, controlling the agenda and going very firmly with the line that the identity of the victims must be respected. If that could have been a plan B, I can't think of a plan C.