Key must come clean on his knowledge of Dotcom

David Shearer | Monday, September 24, 2012 - 14:06
John Key must explain how the Government Communications Security Bureau, an agency which reports directly to him, apparently illegally spied on people involved in the Kim Dotcom case, says Labour Leader David Shearer.
“This is a shocking breach of New Zealand’s very strict laws restricting the ability of our spy agencies to snoop on people.
“John Key must also come clean about his claim that he hadn’t heard of Kim Dotcom until the Solicitor-General briefed him the day before the raid on the German businessman’s mansion. This is simply not credible given the range of people close to John Key who were involved in the Dotcom case.
“He is responsible as Prime Minister for signing off all intercept warrants by GSCB. While it’s been revealed that ‘some’ bugging was done illegally, it is not credible to think that other monitoring by the agency was not signed by the Prime Minister before the raid was carried out.
“This is not about national security. This is about John Key’s own word and whether he has told the truth to New Zealanders,” said David Shearer.