“It’s disappointing that a police complaint was not laid at the time because it makes it very difficult for us to undertake that investigation.” End quote.

Nothing to see here: no spies,  nothing to worry about. God, but this woman is thick. End quote.

Karpichov claimed to have noticed he was being followed on the day of the alleged poisoning attempt, but believed it was the New Zealand Secret Service or police who were watching him.

“I guess they knew about my background,” he said.

However, retired NZ SIS director Warren Tucker said in a letter sent to Karpichkov that although the SIS knew Karpichkov was an ex-KGB agent living in New Zealand, they had not been watching him.

Karpichov also claimed a police officer assaulted him while he was in New Zealand.

“How does anyone in New Zealand feel himself or herself [is] safe?,” he said in an interview with The NationEnd quote.

But there are no spies, Jacinda told us. Surely she would know? Quote.

Karpichov believed his alleged attacker used him as “human bait” to see what would happen and test whether they could get away with poisioning him.

He added that he was certain other KGB agents were operating in New Zealand.

Speaking last month, Karpichkov told Good Morning Britain he received a message by “burning telephone” on February 12 from a person working for the Russian secret service FSB, the successor to the KGB.

The message warned that he, Sergei Skripal, and others would be targeted, but Karpichkov did not report it to authorities because he did not take it seriously.

But he was shocked when Skripal, a former Russian spy and informant for Britain’s foreign intelligence service, and his daughter were attacked with a nerve agent on March 4 in the southern England city of Salisbury.

Ardern said Karpichkov had come in on a false passport in 2006 and Immigration services were aware of it: “of course, that was a clear mistake for that passport to have been returned [to him]”.

She said Karpichkov had applied to stay in New Zealand and was given visas while that was processed but was unsuccessful.

Changes had been made to prevent similar occurences from happening.

Ardern would not say if any former Russian spies where in New Zealand now because she did not comment on intelligence and security issues. End quote.

No, she has Nicky Hager and David Fisher to do that. Quote.

Peters today cast doubt on Karpichkov’s claims given it was never raised with authorities at the time or verified.

“If he’s not lying, why did he not make the claim back then and bring it to our attention if it was so urgent.”

Peters said he knew nothing about Karpichkov “apart from the fact he’s come out of the woodwork a decade after the event”.

“I’m not rubbishing everything he said, I’d like some evidence and proof of what he’s saying as being a clear and present danger at this time in 2018 for a country called New Zealand.”  End quote.

So, still no spies here then?