Police investigating illegal spying on Kim Dotcom by the GCSB
have received security clearances to conduct their inquiries
- from the other spy agency which reports to the Prime
The Security Intelligence Service has cleared the five senior
police officers appointed to carry out the investigation,
Operation Grey leader Detective Inspector Peter Read said
It came as police said five senior police officers had been
appointed to the investigation into illegal spying by the
Government Communications Security Bureau.
The investigation was begun after a complaint from Green
co-leader Russel Norman . It followed an admission of illegal
spying on Mr Dotcom from Prime Minister John Key, who then
apologised to the internet tycoon.
The GCSB and the SIS report to Mr Key. The bureau is focused
on electronic intelligence gathering and is banned from
spying on New Zealanders. The intelligence service has more
domestic freedom and a focus on human intelligence gathering.
Mr Dotcom has previously been reviewed by both agencies. The
SIS checked him in October 2010 when he applied for
residency, notifying police at the time of the FBI's interest
in his Megaupload file-sharing business.
The GCSB was then drawn into the FBI case after a request
from the police's Organised and Financial Crime Agency of NZ,
which was helping the FBI inquiry. Ofcanz staff sought the
bureau's help in monitoring Mr Dotcom in the month leading up
to the police raid in January, which saw him arrested on FBI
charges of copyright violation. He faces an extradition
hearing to the United States.
Mr Norman said the ability for the SIS to "veto"
investigating officers undermined the equal position each
person was meant to have under the law. "The problem is they
are the sister organisation of the organisation being
Meanwhile, Mr Dotcom's new Mega service has suffered a
setback. The Me.ga domain is registered in the West African
nation of Gabon, which was reported yesterday as wanting to
suspend the site.
- David Fisher of the NZ Herald