John Key accused of Dotcom ‘brain fade’
February briefing hinted at illegal wiretaps
New Zealand opposition politicians believe they have a sniff of prime ministerial blood in the Kim Dotcom case, after PM John Key released the results of a review by that country’s Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB).
Releasing the results of the review here, the prime minister says “I received no briefing on the operation from GCSB prior to 17 September”, but as the New Zealand Herald notes, the PM’s statement refers to a February 29 briefing in which the Dotcom arrest was used “as an example of cooperation between the GCSB and the Police”.
Both the director of the GCSB and John Key now apparently agree that the Dotcom case was raised in February, but neither appear to recall it – with GCSB director Ian Fletcher apparently relying on assurances by his staff of the mention.
The NZ PM had used the “brain fade” line in reference to the GCSB, offering an opening for Labor leader David Shearer to respond “Suddenly it’s John Key having a brain fade”.
The GCSB’s role in the Megaupload case has become a cause celebre in New Zealand, with Key recently apologizing for the bureau’s illegal spying on Dotcom prior to the arrests. The bureau decided it had the right to snoop on Dotcom because it had the wrong idea about his residency status, believing that as a non-citizen he was fair game for wiretaps.
The fallout could spread beyond the Kim Dotcom case, with director Ian Fletcher identifying three other cases since 2009 in which the bureau had co-operated with the police, and for which Key says the GCSB cannot “assure me that the legal position is totally clear”. ®
You can tell he's lying
1. He's a politician
2. His lips moved
3. See point 1
This whole government suffers from Alzheimers.
They are all forgetful. Or should I say they are selectively forgetful when it comes to dodgy things like this. But then again, should we be surprised. They are, after all, politicians which translates to English as dodgy, forgetful jackass.
Re: This whole government suffers from Alzheimers.
I am NOT sick to the back teeth about Mr.Dotcom.
I get a lot of entertainment out of it all-especially Mr. Keys screwing round and round trying to convince us he had nothing to do with the illegal armed raid on Dotcom's house.
I doubt that Dotcom is anymore of a criminal than a well known Mr Bob Jones.
Mr. Jones admitted a few years ago (after checking on Statute of Limitations) that he had begun his financial empire building by means of getting money for the sale of a Building BEFORE he owned it.
That is certainly illegal and he deserves be Mr. rather than Sir Bob.