English knew about Dotcom surveillance
Tue, 25 Sep 2012 10:53a.m.
By 3 News online staff
It has been revealed Deputy Prime Minister Bill English knew the Government’s spy agency was eavesdropping on Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom.
Mr English, who was Acting Prime Minister at the time, signed off a Ministerial Certificate to confirm the Government Communications Security Bureau was involved in the case, while Prime Minister John Key was overseas.
Mr Key made the revelation today, saying his belief was that the GCSB’s involvement was within the bounds of the law.
He says Mr English was under the advice that the surveillance would be legal.
“It was only post-that when it was found out it was illegal.”
“The law is very clear and says it’s not lawful to gather information about New Zealand citizens or New Zealand residents.
“There’s a whole process on the way these things operate,” he says.
Mr English would not comment as the matter is now before the courts.
The GCSB allegedly monitored dotcom's communications in the lead-up to his arrest.
It appears the security agency was unaware that he was a New Zealand resident –which made it illegal to spy on him. Mr Key was in the United States watching his son play baseball at the time the investigation was signed off by Mr English.
Mr Key says the GCSB will be held accountable for the investigation.
“I’m very disappointed in the agency… there is a full investigation taking place headed by the independent retired judge Paul Nazar who is the commissioner in charge of security and intelligence,” he says.
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28/09/2012 9:51:10 p.m.
Who the hell are these turkeys? What the hell were they thinking? Are they aware of the dishonest depth of what they have done. This is probably the worst thing you could ever do to your own people and to a society that would endure so much in the pursuit of a just cause.
25/09/2012 10:25:24 p.m.
Yeah, right. Is this the real reason that Key went to watch baseball??? So he wouldn't be tarnished with the fall out? Key would have to have been informed when he got back at least, being the Minister of Security and secrets. Huh, Key has no trouble in specifically telling the world where our SIS is in Afghanistan, but knows nothing about a NZ citizen being spied. Does NZ deserve a leader like this? Only if we are a bunch of turkeys...I aint no turkey. Do we REALLY deserve a leader like this? I seriously hope not. God defend our Free Land, cos our leaders won't
25/09/2012 9:17:59 p.m.
Neuron Leak wrote:
Think of how disappointed he will be when he finds out how many more New Zealanders the GCSB has been spying on. What does he think the bureau does all day anyway?
25/09/2012 8:26:35 p.m.
It is quite extrodinary that Dotcom's NZ residency status escaped the attention of the Police, the GSBC but also Bill English's staff. They are all hopeless.
25/09/2012 7:36:15 p.m.
if found out english did give the ok to spy on kim dot com he should be kicked out of his job oo dear what is that ???? but is this driven by the usa i think so they wanted him and got our people to do it why ????
25/09/2012 6:21:39 p.m.
Kiwicris. Where David Lange satirically referred to those supporting the bomb as "having this extraordinary sense of destabilization at the imminent prospect of peace breaking out" those that see Kim Dotcom as a threat are those who have an extraordinary prospect of destabilization should the truth break out. Read Kiwisfirst.com
25/09/2012 6:01:59 p.m.
English needs to go, Key needs to go, of course they all know what is happening, Key continues to deny all.
Watergate was built on lies, this government is built on lies and it's time to dissolve it.
25/09/2012 4:31:16 p.m.
no intelligence wrote:
Yet another govt cock up, cover up, spin, mess, you name it.
25/09/2012 2:28:38 p.m.
@DENNIS. Yep its lies and lies and more lies.
25/09/2012 1:35:29 p.m.
The GCSB were unaware that Dotcom was a NZ resident... Um, Bill English and John Key were certainly aware and Bill English signed the ministerial warrant.
National trying to pass the buck for their own corruption?.
And dont tell us that Key didnt know, english would have been in contact with Key on a daily basis.
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