New Zealand Prime Minister Admits That Government Spies Illegally Bugged Kim Dotcom

As more details leak out about the investigation on Kim Dotcom, the more embarrassing it gets for government officials. After thinking Dotcom had a doomsday device, it's now known that New Zealand government spies illegally bugged Dotcom at the behest of the US government.

As ridiculous as Dotcom's life may be, it seems like the government was treating and investigating the man like he was Pablo Escobar. Today, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key announced an inquiry by the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security on the illegal tapping of Kim Dotcom by the Government Communications Security Bureau (an intelligence agency in New Zealand like the CIA in the US). The GCSB is forbidden to "conduct surveillance on New Zealand citizens or permanent residents in the country". The GCSB, of course, ignored that and bugged Dotcom.

What's even more interesting is that the Prime Minister John Key is in charge of the GCSB and with many people so involved in the Kim Dotcom case, Key is either completely inept at his job or complicit in breaking the law to spy on Kim Dotcom. Here's Dotcom, talking about the situation, as only he can:

"I'm now a real life James Bond villain in a real life political copyright thriller scripted by Hollywood & the White House. I welcome the inquiry by [the Prime Minister] into unlawful acts by the GCSB. Please extend the inquiry to cover the entire Crown Law Mega case."

Can't wait to hear what ridiculousness is next. [TorrentFreak]


Comments

    Another agency told the GCSB that they were foreign nationals, when they are permanent NZ citizens. Why GCSB just took them at their word I cant fathom. Anyway, more info this this Stuff.co.nz article:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/7723520/Spies-given-wrong-info-on-Dotcom-papers

    Also: "The spying began on December 16 last year and lasted until 20 January 2012. It did not involve installing or connecting devices"

    The US says "jump" and NZ replies "how high" :-(

      It's funny how you guys bag the New Zealand government. Why doesn't the Australian government help one particular Australian born citizen "Julian Assange" or is Australia doing this "The US says “jump” and AUS replies “how high” :-("

      So does Australia unfortunately, about time we had someone with balls in Parliament (pun intended).

      Don't you mean US says "Bend over" and NZ replies "how far and how much should I spread my cheeks?"

    Actually, I'd say he was completely inept at his job if he knew as well - no Prime Minister should be complicit in breaking the law. So either way he is inept at his job.

    Retroactive immunity in 3..2..1

    "If you strike me down, I will become more powerful than you can possibly imagine"

    Prior to this, Kim Schmitz looked like a sketchy chancer. Afterwards, Kim Dotcom looked like the second coming of Obiwan Kenobi.

    If John Key who is in charge of the GCSB has broken tha law then its time to step down as Prime Minister

    And people wonder why "carte blanche" war-against-terror powers are so bad - anybody can now be subject to spying without judicial oversight and indefinite detention in at the behest of the USA government and their commercial "partners", even over civil matters. Australia, NZ and Canada will happily deport Citizens who have committed no Local crime to a country with the death penalty, and refuse to defend citizens who are caught in third countries on spurious charges. US edicts have installed surveillance devices into every passport and dictate all border processes. The Terrorists truly won. Or American companies, it is hard to tell the difference :-)

    They have acoustic technology to invade your house with background dialog in conjunction with the listening devices. This gives them massive powers of abuse which they do indeed abuse. Introduced many years ago into New Zealand from the US. You won't find it easy to detect or locate the carriers so they operate with impunity.

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