“.. Labour leader David Shearer says John Key’s story about what, and when, he knew about illegal spying on Kim Dotcom is “unravelling”.
A review of Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) files has revealed Key was told about the spy agency’s role in the Kim Dotcom case in February.
Until now, Key has insisted he wasn’t told until September 17 – when he was briefed about illegal snooping by the agency.
He can’t remember the reference in February, but accepts it took place.
“This isn’t a case of ‘brain fade’.
It points to the prime minister not telling the truth.
His credibility and integrity, and the entire intelligence network that he heads, are seriously in question,” Shearer said.
Labour has called for a full inquiry and Shearer said new revelations about other instances of illegal spying added weight to the call.
”There must be an investigation from the bottom to the very top, including the role of the person in charge – John Key.
That investigation should include what he knew – what he was told and what he should have known.”
Green party co-leader Russel Norman said Key has either misled the public ”or isn’t doing his job as the minister in charge”.
“It’s his duty and his job, as spelled out in law, to control the functions of the bureau.
His hands-off approach also apparently extends to not paying attention when he is told important information,” he said.
He added: “If John Key is finding the job of controlling the GCSB a bit hard maybe he should appoint another minister.”..”
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