Spy faces sack over Dotcom debacle
Wed, 17 Oct 2012 6:14p.m.
By Patrick Gower
It's fast becoming clear whose head might roll over the Kim Dotcom debacle.
3 News understands one of New Zealand's most senior and long-serving spies is now facing the sack. The man – Hugh Wolfensohn – was a key player in signing off on the illegal spying of Dotcom.
But Government sources confirmed today that he is off work, as the GCSB "works through a employment process".
Mr Wolfensohn, sometimes known as Agent CX, has spent up to 16 years at the GCSB – most recently in roles such acting director, and chief legal adviser.
And it’s understood he was in that lead legal role when the Dotcom spying was signed off – even though Dotcom's status as a permanent resident meant it was unlawful.
So the Dotcom debacle could be close to claiming its first real scalp, and Mr Wolfensohn is almost as high as you can go. But it won't be easy – a source close to the situation says this is "very messy", a bit like the rest of the saga.
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19/03/2013 7:35:15 p.m.
None of your business wrote:
I know Hugh - but he's not answering his phone (I wonder why?!!!!).Look further into this please - it really sucks!!! Corruption at it's peak in NZ here!
28/10/2012 7:30:15 a.m.
The high tech acoustics put into your car or from your neighbours house are far worse.
24/10/2012 2:38:14 p.m.
Love it. Keep it coming tv3. The truth will come out eventually.
23/10/2012 9:54:11 a.m.
Just a scapegoat. A silly man, but a scapegoat still. The rot goes right to the top. Our leader sucking up to the US caused all this.
21/10/2012 3:24:16 p.m.
good riddance' morons.
19/10/2012 7:42:55 p.m.
My sources say... wrote:
The recording still exists but not in the form of a "tape" or "video". (And the GCSB hasn't plugged all of its leaks, because it can't.)
19/10/2012 2:34:22 p.m.
So they found a scapegoat. Wonder how much thats costing the tax payer.
19/10/2012 9:15:27 a.m.
Kathy said: "As compared to the BMW issue, Eddie, the wage parity issue with Australia, the brain lapse and lack of oversight with the GCSB, the brain fade issue over what age he voted for on the drinking issue, Clarke's misfires if you want to call them that didn't have International repercussions. Key's could damage trade with China and Russia and how many European countries has our Minister of Tourism insulted on the European continent exactly again?" So, three days after Simon Murdock 'directed' the agency to spy on the directors of Dotcom's website Megaupload.com, Mr Wolfensohn cops the blame?
18/10/2012 9:12:19 p.m.
Question: Which "Minister of Justice" signed the authority under section 23(4)(a) of the Extradition Act 1999 ALLOWING THE COURT TO PROCEED? If none, what are we waiting for??
18/10/2012 8:41:48 p.m.
Ian Fletcher is "under suspicion". Recording that the Opposition Leader didn't just dream of with a furtive imagination has ceased to exist. No points in employing someone who is under suspicion. Not suspicious that he learns that his office was spying on residents in February but seeks to cover that in August? Get rid of him, Key and tell Finlayson to appoint himself as a Supreme Court Judge, that way he won't need any evidence when Megaupload's extradition request gets there because he will know it all already!
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