Key under fire over unlawful spying
Mon, 24 Sep 2012 6:01p.m.
By Tova O’Brien
The country's spies have been caught breaking the law by eavesdropping in the Kim Dotcom case.
At the centre of the scandal is the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB), which is only supposed to gather foreign intelligence.
But it acted unlawfully in the way it intercepted communications as part of the police operation against the internet millionaire.
With helicopters, police, dogs and an arsenal of weapons - the raid on Dotcom's mansion was spectacular. However the search and seizure warrants were later ruled unlawful, and now we're told Government spies also acted illegally. It puts John Key in a very uncomfortable position
As Prime Minister, Mr Key is responsible for the GSCB, and Labour leader David Shearer has criticised him following the revelations of lawbreaking.
“It's extraordinary – John Key is either not telling the truth, or he's incompetent in not managing his own agency, or this agency has gone rogue,” says Mr Shearer.
Mr Key always maintained he'd never even heard of Dotcom until the day before the raid, and he's standing by that.
The Inspector General of Intelligence and Security, Paul Neazor, will investigate the breach.
But security expert Nicky Hager says the GCSB is such a secretive agency that even the findings are unlikely to be released in full.
“The trouble is we have no way ever of knowing or checking if they are obeying the law," he says. "We have to trust them.”
Dotcom is welcoming the inquiry, remarking on Twitter that he’s now “a real life James Bond villain in a real life political copyright thriller scripted by Hollywood and the White House”.
Green Party co-leader Russell Norman says today’s revelation shows how far the GCSB is willing to go for its intelligence ally – the United States.
“The US government says ‘jump’ and the GCSB says, ‘How high?’ Whether it's lawful or not doesn't seem to matter,” he says.
But this will matter to the Crown case against Dotcom.
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25/09/2012 4:41:18 p.m.
giuseppe de santis wrote:
What Kim Dotocm has done to deserve this?
Even if he is a criminal he didn't kill,wound or rape anyone.
i wonder if the same zeal is used with terrorists,drug dealers or dangerous criminals.
25/09/2012 3:04:46 p.m.
secretive is right. I'd never even heard of the GCSB before this...
them having gone rogue is possible. far more likely is Key just flat out lieing.
25/09/2012 2:32:26 p.m.
brian luke wrote:
Seems to have been a lot of highlevel diplo's in the woodwork.
A lot of pressure has been applied and the old boiler has bust!
25/09/2012 12:13:06 p.m.
go home kim.com no one wants you here you are costing new zealand millions
25/09/2012 8:01:08 a.m.
Fair NZer wrote:
Is NZ Government Communications Security Bureau answerable to John KEY, and/or the US Authorities....eh?
24/09/2012 11:34:59 p.m.
the security state acting illegally? say it aint so
24/09/2012 11:12:27 p.m.
Was The Crown Law Appeal on 20th of a general nature from Winkelmann J's decision, or was it an appeal on a specific question of law? If it was a general appeal our PM was an extremely naughty PM not to pass this across the road on 17th. Justices French, France and Arnold would be fully entitled to regard this as contempt of the Court of Appeal. Even if is just a question of entitlement to information, the manner in which information was obtained is of considerable importance to the quorum. I doubt whether Mr Key really thought that Kim would drive down from Auckland and back just to check if John Banks was at work
24/09/2012 9:55:31 p.m.
phil murray wrote:
Not good enough Mr key.Sack the lot of them. Typical useless public servants once again. And to think they are supposed to be protecting us. Thats a joke
24/09/2012 8:12:10 p.m.
How can this case still be valid? I nearly had a court case thrown out because of a phone recording of the offender admitting his crime, that was recorded in the wrong part of the country.. That is a minor error that nearly threw out a whole case despite having recorded evidence.. These are major illegal tactics! What the hell. Talk about government can do whatever they want!
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