GCSB acted lawfully

This one was quietly slipped out yesterday by the media, all of a sudden it isn’t such big news. The GCSB has acted lawfully in all the other cases that were highlighted as possible breaches.

A review sparked by the Kim Dotcom case has found that the Government Communications Security Bureau did not unlawfully spy on anyone else.

The review of cases dating back to the beginning of 2009 where the Government Communications Security Bureau provided assistance to New Zealand law enforcement agencies has found the Bureau was not in breach of its 2003 Act. 

On October 3, GCSB director Ian Fletcher announced he had referred the cases to the inspector general of intelligence and security, after identifying three instances where there were potential issues.

Fletcher today said the inspector general had concluded that the agency was not in breach of its legislation.

“It has been a very thorough process in which we provided an audit, responded to queries from the inspector general and made available classified material in a secure environment.”

The media who screeched from the rooftops about the investigations seem to have gone all quiet now. I suppose it doesn’t suit their narrative in their attempts to undermine the government like Brian Rudman explained journalists are doing.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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