Govt admits illegally spying on Dotcom
Mon, 24 Sep 2012 1:12p.m.
By 3 News online staff and NZN
The Government has admitted its secret communications agency has “unlawfully” spied on internet tycoon Kim Dotcom during investigations into the Megaupload case.
Prime Minister John Key says he believes the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) acted unlawfully while assisting police on the case by eavesdropping without authorisation.
He has referred the Bureau to the Inspector-General, Paul Neazor, who has powers to investigate the intelligence agency’s compliance with the law.
The High Court and affected parties in the Megaupload case have also been informed.
Internet tycoon Kim Dotcom and three of his associates were arrested in January. He is facing internet piracy and money laundering charges in the United States, with extradition proceedings due to start in March.
Mr Key says it is disappointing the law has been broken.
“I expect our intelligence agencies to operate always within the law. Their operations depend on public trust,” he says. "I look forward to the inspector-general's inquiry getting to the heart of what took place and what can be done about it."
He says the bureau "acquired communications in some instances without statutory" approval. Mr Key says he was told about the GCSB's actions by the agency's director on September 17.
The GCSB is part of the global security and intelligence network known as Five Eyes or ECHELON. The five nations in the network are the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
The Bureau’s most well-known spy base is Waihopai, which was attacked by three protestors in 2008.
Mr Key says found out about the unlawful spying on Dotcom on Monday last week but waited until today to make the announcement.
Dotcom visited Parliament last Thursday to watch MPs in action. He sat in the public gallery opposite Mr Key – who would have known about the breach at the time.
Kim Dotcom: I feel like James Bond villain
Kim Dotcom responded to the announcement with a series of tweets to his 125,000 followers on website Twitter.
“The NZ equivalent of the CIA has spied on me UNLAWFULLY,” the first tweet says.
“I'm now a real life James Bond villain in a real life political copyright thriller scripted by Hollywood & the White House,” a second one reads.
“The truth will come out…This is just the beginning,” the third reads.
Dotcom added he welcomes the inquiry into unlawful acts by the GCSB, demanding to “please extend the inquiry to cover the entire Crown Law Mega case”.
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25/09/2012 7:31:28 p.m.
Fair Kiwi wrote:
This is absolutely disgraceful. John Key, Bill English and John Banks must be removed from Parliament instantly by the Governor General. public confidence in this Government is at an all time low.
There is too much deceit and underhand tricks being perpetrated in many areas of their Governance.
Our law court needs to put a stop to these yanks harassing Kim Dot Com right now as well. He is a New Zealand citizen and must be protected by this country.
We are sick of Prime Ministers sucking up to these yanks. And for what! a future job like HC with the United Nations.
Enough is enough.
25/09/2012 12:40:17 a.m.
Now this is tricky. My internet connection tells me I uploaded 26M since I logged on, but I haven't asked it to upload anything. Very unusual. “The increased spotlight on intelligence agencies in the past few years has highlighted the constant need for Governments to be supplied with accurate and timely information which enables them to make the best decisions possible.” [Ian Fletcher, Director GCSB]
24/09/2012 11:45:08 p.m.
Kim say's that when he get's the chance to give his side of his case, that we will find that he is an innocent man, and from outside looking in, it is hard to see ANYTHING he has to answer for in a court of law.
If he is indeed found not to have a case to answer to, then the on ly people who will have broken the law here, are the New Zealand Police, and the New Zealand governments spy agencies.
In the case of the New Zealand Police, they carried out a paramilitary "Home invasion" out on this man, his family, and his staff, and financially crippled him.
If found guilty, Kim faces decades in an American prison.
What penalties will those that made the decisions, that were found to have broken New Zealand law face?
Indeed, I do not believe that one perso from these agencies will ever stand in the dock of a Court and answer to ANY criminal charges.
What a dirty little mess
24/09/2012 7:36:10 p.m.
Bring back Helen. jonkey has already made to many errors and to many 'conflict of interest' connected with his pass and job history.
24/09/2012 7:17:49 p.m.
Why has those who took the lead on this not been exposed and sacked, what was the discussion with the yanks.I just hope that Kim does not take this government to the cleaners. If I was in the same place as Kim I would add the zeros on the cheque book and see what the government comes up with.
24/09/2012 6:57:29 p.m.
Because everything is secret, I presume that we would have no way of knowing whether or not GSCB were spying on NZ citizens. I doubt that John Key would be told if it was happening, in fact they could be spying on him. It would not be the first time that a spy agency acted as a law unto themselves.
24/09/2012 5:04:50 p.m.
@jonno wrote: sadly NZ laws are writen by those who took down megaupload AKA Kim DotCom. eg 3-strikes skynet....
24/09/2012 4:26:22 p.m.
Kevin Hester wrote:
Kim Dotcom: "I feel like a James Bond villain"
with all due respect my good man, You look like one also
24/09/2012 3:16:27 p.m.
Could this be the get out of jail card for Dotcom ,or Key?. Charges have to be dropped now. Thats the way NZ law works if it aint corrupted.
24/09/2012 3:07:56 p.m.
Unlawfull? Key: "I expect our intelligence agencies to operate always within the law. Their operations depend on public trust.'' I expect We will see *Key* write some elegant new laws, and say GCSB operations now depend on having my trust, they have it?" The Movie will be awesome....
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