Prime Minister John Key is facing fresh claims tonight about what he knew about Kim Dotcom, and just what he may have said about the internet tycoon.
Labour claims it has sources inside the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) spy agency who are adamant Mr Key gave an address to staff in which he spoke of Dotcom.
If it’s true, then the timing is highly significant – contradicting Mr Key’s previous statements.
And Labour says there may even be an audio visual recording of the address.
Labour leader David Shearer says the revelation hurts Mr Key’s credibility.
“This cuts to the heart of his credibility,” he says. “He should come clean.”
October 11, 2012
The empire strikes back
This is Bad For John Key, but I don’t so much see it as about his credibility – it would be entirely in character for Key to attend an intelligence briefing, make a few jokes about it with the staff and then leave the building and then forget everything his spy agency just told him – as it highlights the awesome lack of accountability the GCSB enjoys. If this tape does exist then they probably should have bought it to the attention of their Minister instead of letting him lie to the public for several months. Instead they’ve leaked to the opposition party in a fairly blatant act of vengeance: Key openly criticised the agency and sent in his Cabinet Secretary to clean house, so now they’re fighting back.
Update: The head of the GCSB has denied that any such tape exists. Even if it does I kind of doubt it’ll be released. The GCSB will have audit tracking on their internal security systems, so that anyone accessing that tape could easily be identified in an inquiry. And I’m pretty sure that releasing security footage would be a criminal offense. What about smart-phones, I hear you say? Intelligence agencies make you check them at reception before you enter the building.