Turns out the GCSB did a shit job with the arithmetic in their annual report
The Government Communications and Security Bureau was once so secret that only the Prime Minister and his acolytes knew it existed.
For three years it operated under deep cover before the then belligerent Prime Minister Rob Muldoon decided to let a few more in on the secret, allowing the GCSB to brief the Cabinet and the Opposition leader.
Muldoon, or The Grunter as he was known around this place, decided to come clean and let the great unwashed into the secret, acknowledging the super spy agency’s existence in the same year as he called the schnapps election in 1984.
Up until that time the only spy organisation publicly acknowledged was the Security Intelligence Service, a bunch of spies who shamelessly handed info on to The Grunter to use against his political opponents.Â He once published a list of who he said were reds under the bed, or Communists. Â Read more »