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Key must say whether GCSB deleted files

Key must say whether GCSB deleted files


John Key needs to front up to New Zealand about whether the Government Communications and Security Bureau has deleted files in the Kim Dotcom case given he told Parliament the GCSB did not delete files, Labour’s Associate Security and Intelligence spokesperson Grant Robertson says.

“Many New Zealanders feel the Prime Minister has not told the whole truth about the GCSB/Kim Dotcom saga. It is time for to come clean and explain what he knows about the deletion of GCSB files.

“The allegation here is that some files relating to Kim Dotcom's case cannot be released because they have been ‘aged off’ their system. That is a euphemism for saying they have been deleted. This may have serious implications for Kim Dotcom's case.

“More than that, it calls into questions claims John Key made in Parliament in 2012 that the GCSB does not delete files.

“John Key needs to answer how much he knew about the deletion of files and whether he authorised their deletion.

“In light of the illegal spying on 88 New Zealanders, he also needs to say whether other files have been deleted. If they have, this calls into question the integrity of our security and intelligence agencies.

“New Zealanders’ trust and confidence in the GCSB has eroded under John Key's leadership.

“These allegations, if true, will do further damage. It's time for John Key to be honest with New Zealanders,” Grant Robertson says.

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