From today Cabinet secretary Rebecca Kitteridge is seconded as the new associate director of the bureau. The senior DPMC staffer will spend three months on a review.
Mr Shearer said the review was damage control. Justice Neazor’s report, released on Thursday, was “rightly condemned for ignoring the major issues”.
“But this second review is nothing more than an internal audit, as if all that had happened was that the GCSB had committed a minor mistake.”
It’s the job of the opposition to try and make the PM look bad, but I don’t see this as damage control. It’s a signal that Key has lost confidence in the GCSB so he’s sending in his own person to kick ass, take names and make sure these mistakes (the illegal spying and, far more seriously from his perspective, the failure to disclose it) aren’t repeated, and that there aren’t any more nasty little surprises in store for him. If Kitteridge doesn’t like what she sees then I’d expect to see an Associate Directorship of someone outside the intelligence fraternity become a permanent fixture at the bureau.