Prime Minister John Key is supremely confident that the
United States has not been spying on his communications the
way it evidently has been some of its Europe allies.
New Zealand's membership of the Five Eyes intelligence
alliance exempts all members from US spying, but Mr Key would
not explain further.
"I'm not going through what we are engaged in and what we are
not because that has been our standard long-term practice of
every Prime Minister," he said at his post cabinet press
conference. "But what I can tell you is that whatever we do
He said he was confident "for reasons I am not going to
bother going into".
Relations between the US and Germany have been severely
strained by revelations that the National Security Agency has
been monitoring the phone calls of Chancellor Angela Merkel -
and 35 other world leaders.
The issue was raised at a joint press conference at the
Pentagon yesterday with US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel and
Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman.
Mr Hagel is responsible for the NSA and the latest documents
leaked by Edward Snowden suggest it was responsible for
collecting metadata of 60 million phone calls in Spain over a
When an American reporter asked Dr Coleman if he was worried
US was intercepting NZ Government communications, he said:
"New Zealand's not worried at all about this. We don't
believe it would be occurring. And, look, quite frankly,
there'd be nothing that anyone could hear in our private
conversations that we wouldn't be prepared to share