Spying on Dotcom was a mistake – Key
Tue, 25 Sep 2012 5:38a.m.
The case against accused internet pirate Kim Dotcom has taken another blow after revelations the internet tycoon was illegally bugged by the Government's Communications Security Bureau (GCSB).
Prime Minister John Key says the GCSB made a mistake.
“Cant go into the details of that all I can tell you that on the information I received from the director last Monday it is my belief that GCSB acted unlawfully.”
At his post-cabinet press conference, Mr Key confirmed that ministerial warrants were required to spy on New Zealand citizens or residents and when that happened it was carried out by the Security Intelligence Service, not the GCSB.
"If the people were New Zealand residents or citizens and met the test of requiring a warrant I would have to sign that warrant," he said.
"But it was not believed any of those individuals met that category."
Labour, NZ First and the Greens want to know why the GCSB was involved, why Mr Key didn't know what was going on and why the security authorities apparently thought the internet tycoon was a threat to national security.
Police arrested Dotcom and three of his associates in January.
Dotcom and one of his associates, Bram van der Kolk, are New Zealand residents.
NZ First leader Winston Peters says Mr Key is responsible for the GCSB and has failed to oversee its activities, which amounts to "dereliction of duty".
Green's co-leader Russel Norman says it's hard to see why the GCSB was involved at all because Dotcom isn't a threat to New Zealand's security.
Labour leader David Shearer says Mr Key must explain why the GCSB was involved in illegal spying.
"This is a shocking breach of New Zealand's very strict laws restricting the ability of our spy agencies to snoop on people."
An inquiry is now underway into the security bureau's eavesdropping.
This is another hurdle in efforts to extradite Dotcom to the US on charges of copyright infringement, racketeering and money laundering, as the search and seizure warrants used for the raid on his mansion have been ruled unlawful as well.
His mansion was raided on January 20 with helicopters, armed police and dogs and Dotcom then spent a month in jail before finally getting bail.
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26/09/2012 7:12:15 p.m.
You cannot spy on Dotcom and try to cover it up by saying' its a mistake..
Bloodly hell' who is this Government trying to fool but themselves..
Banks and John Key denied the donation ever took place and now the spying mechandized..
John Key, John English along with John Banks should back up and leave office, enough is enough of lies and excuises..
26/09/2012 10:49:09 a.m.
What is the truth - one minute Key says he didn't know it had been done and then he says English had told him he did it - Just another "key"stone story
25/09/2012 11:30:08 p.m.
BRIAN LAKE wrote:
the problem mr key you have been telling us its all been a mistake when it goes wrong , just a mistake he says in 4 years there have just been two many mistakes .he promised much higher standards , hes aloof and arrogant and ill never forget him calling 80% of the country ignorant because they disagreed with him about redistributing the country's hard made assets and their wealth to the 1%ters.keys answer give the entire country to a few rich people in nz and over seas and we will all some how be better of like hell you will they are insane thats what the great president ike when was in the white house he said you would have to be insane to do a thing like that . a great Conservative right wing republican president .
25/09/2012 6:29:59 p.m.
Gabriel White wrote:
How can they say that they spied on someone by "mistake"? When you know what color underwear someone is wearing, I'm sure you know what their residency status is.
25/09/2012 5:44:51 p.m.
Key has lost the plot. He is way out of touch of reality
25/09/2012 5:09:59 p.m.
NZ spying on germans ? This has been done many times before. "Least we forget".
25/09/2012 1:51:51 p.m.
This is like the neverending story that is not going to go away. Although there seems to be confusion to this i dont really understand the details tho gives one a headache.
25/09/2012 11:31:29 a.m.
Cover up and very American.
Not informing the subject concerned is the way they do things as they like to make a silent operation with no leaks.
Key maybe unaware at the beginning but later he must have found out and has tried to cover the mistake but he realized that it had gone too far and had to admit.
Not a government I would vote for but then I didn't anyway seeing the process of assets was the biggest debate and I was against that anyhow.
The method you use here on voting is hysterical since the persons we were voting for at the booth at the last election were no where to be seen, which says a lot about the system!
25/09/2012 11:26:45 a.m.
Turns out that Bill English suthorised the survelience and John Key knew about it.
25/09/2012 11:02:47 a.m.
How much more does the Prime Minister *not know*? Did a memo go out after the last election reminding everybody not to tell the Prime Minister anything? His ignorance-based deniability is no longer plausible.
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