Key forced to admit misinformation
Wed, 03 Oct 2012 6:01p.m.
By Patrick Gower
Today John Key was forced to admit that his GCSB spies had told him they were involved in the police raid on Kim Dotcom’s mansion over six months before the date he has been claiming they had.
“A reference was made to the fact that the GCSB from time to time worked with OFCANZ [Organised and Financial Crime Agency New Zealand],” says Mr Key. “[The] example was stated apparently as Kim Dotcom. I have absolutely no memory of that.”
Green Party co-leader Russel Norman says Mr Key’s admission means one of two things.
“Either the Prime Minister has been telling lies to the people of New Zealand – that he was unaware of it – or he is an incompetent minister who has done a very poor job,” he says.
Up until now, Mr Key has been adamant he did not know about GCSB involvement in the raid led by the police OFCANZ unit.
The Dotcom raid was on January 20, but it wasn't until September 17 that Mr Key says he was first told of the GCSB’s illegal spying.
Yet we now know that six months earlier, on February 29, Mr Key visited the GCSB and a "reference" was made to the Dotcom arrest.
Mr Key was at GCSB headquarters in Wellington when a spy showed him a briefing on a laptop that included an image of Dotcom.
However, Mr Key says he doesn’t remember that.
“I have no recollection of it,” he says. “Now it doesn't ring a bell with me, but if he says he did – I’ve got no reason to doubt him.”
And that means Mr Key hasn't just inadvertently misinformed the public – he'll now have to correct the record in Parliament.
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9/10/2012 9:04:56 p.m.
Just Me wrote:
I don't think John Key should call it "misinformaiton". I would more likely call it typical Banksie style "selective amensia/memory loss".
Birds of a feather flock together especially when it comes to the memory stakes.
8/10/2012 6:10:31 p.m.
Somebody arrest that man
8/10/2012 8:58:04 a.m.
@Gary with a bit of luck John Key may have forgotten the way back to his office
8/10/2012 4:06:39 a.m.
Please somebody help, we need to find a cure for alzhiemers. New Zealand needs you
8/10/2012 12:50:44 a.m.
NZ must get rid of JK Let him know we do not want him in NZ anymore.
5/10/2012 7:34:40 p.m.
the DR wrote:
so its misinformation now! not an out right lie!. its a lie no mater what spin you put on it. there was even a photo of MR dot com to jog his unreliable memory. (what a crock)
4/10/2012 1:30:39 p.m.
Misinformation the wrong word. John Key straight out LIED on national television, more than once too. Keep it real.
4/10/2012 12:51:23 p.m.
Cant keep telling lies and expect not to get caught. I was taught as a child. Be sure your sin will find you out
4/10/2012 8:49:26 a.m.
@Henry lets not forget that it wasnt all that long ago that National legalised what happened in the Urewera raids.
4/10/2012 1:01:42 a.m.
And let's not forget this one from Hansard, With reference to the police report about Bank's donations.
Rt Hon JOHN KEY: "That is my reading of the police report."
Now I havent read twilight, and I never will, but if someone asks if it's crap, I'd say "Thats what I've heard", or "The reviews say so" not "That is my reading of twilight."
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