Former Prime Minister Sir Geoffrey Palmer says he is astonished John Key was not told about the foreign intelligence agency’s involvement in the Dotcom case much earlier.
Sir Geoffrey said Mr Key should have been told from the start.
“I would have thought if the GCSB was using its sophisticated surveillance methods in a situation like this, it would be prudent to tell the minister. I don’t understand that at all.
“In my experience with them, they were meticulous in consulting ministers when they needed, and should have.”
The problem here is that Sir Geoffrey doesn’t know that the GCSB were ‘meticulous in consulting ministers’, he assumes this because nothing went wrong during the year in which he was Prime Minister and the GCSB reported to him. For each of Key’s previous three years in office he, also, could have assumed that the GCSB were doing a hell of a job and telling him everything he needed to know. (I forget what logicians call this fallacy, which is a shame because it would have made a snappy title.)