CV cheat Wilce resigns
Thu, 09 Sep 2010 6:11p.m.
By Patrick Gower
The top defence official exposed as a CV cheat on 60 Minutes last night has quit his job.
But even though Steven Wilce’s CV was full of fabrications, new footage shows he was still able to get a top secret security clearance – raising questions for New Zealand’s spies.
Despite an internal complaint about his suitability, Wilce was still sent on an overseas course that cost the taxpayer over $250,000.
Top level clearance should be signed off by spy agency the SIS – and that is what’s concerning their boss.
“It is a serious issue and we need to treat it seriously,” says Prime Minister John Key.
He is right to be worried – one of Wilce’s responsibilities was signing off the safety of Air Force flights into Afghanistan.
But Defence Force chief Jerry Mateparae says Wilce did a good job.
“He has been working exceptionally well.”
Wilce spent eight months at the Royal College of Defence Studies in London, despite facing an internal complaint that asked whether his recruitment was “some terrible clerical error”.
His claims include being a British Olympic bobsledder, competing against the Jamaicans who inspired the movie Cool Runnings.
“I’m getting a full report and my concern is this does not happen again,” says Defence Minister Wayne Mapp.
If this was a report card on top-level security, it’s a definite fail. Wilce spent five years at the top in defence and the secret is now out that there has been an embarrassing lapse in Defence and SIS procedures.
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16/09/2010 2:24:40 a.m.
we all make mistakes and we all deserve a chance. what gets me is too me it seems they (Act) are contradicting themselves - they are hard out punish everyone else for their wrongs but now they are saying there own deserve a chance - i think he does too but they probably need to change there policies and start having some consistency, empathy, paitence, compassion and understanding for all of us and approaching crime from a different angle not from a punishing angle - of course there are some who are beyond help now even after any effort from people trying to support them.
11/09/2010 7:20:21 p.m.
You would think that a security clearance would have to be done on an annual basis, which means National missed this as much as labour did.And Jim if you dont think National has had the same thing happen under their watch before you are insanely misinformed.National has been the ruling party for over 2 years now, they are the ones with egg on their face and Key is throwing every excuse he can at this.. the SIS arent supposed to background check.. are you seriously kidding me... I remember a recent story of the SIS harrassing a politician and keeping dossiers of them from early childhood.The sign of a weak mind is one who looks to blame a party that has long gone been before they blame those in charge now who are supposed to be accountable for what is happening now.
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