Prime Minister John Key has
hinted his tip-off about NZ First leader Winston Peter's
visits to the Dotcom mansion came from blogger Cameron Slater
and said if a spy agency was found to be involved, as Peters
has claimed, it would mean the end of his political
Mr Peters and Kim Dotcom have
both alleged they were spied on after Mr Key spoke about Mr
Peters' three visits to the mansion.
Mr Key has earlier denied it was a spy agency, but would not
say who told him, although he said it was not someone in the
National Party. He said somebody had contacted him about it,
and there were reports of the visits in the Herald by Rachel
Glucina and on Cameron Slater's Whaleoil blog a week ago.
"Contrary to what [Peters] might want to believe, I can read.
A member of the public, for want of a better term, rang me up
and said what was the case. I assumed it was right. I said
it, it turned out to be right. I didn't think it was that
controversial, to be honest."
He would not confirm it was Mr Slater, but said he did speak
to Mr Slater "every so often," and had called him earlier
this week during which they briefly discussed Kim Dotcom. He
said that did not mean he agreed with everything Mr Slater
wrote on his blog. "I speak to lots of blogsters [sic]."
He said no public agency was involved.
"And if there was, it would be an immensely serious thing. It
would see the end of myself as Prime Minister and the end of
The NZ SIS are not supposed to spy on or have files on
sitting members of Parliament.
Mr Key said he would be happy to see any evidence Mr Peters
had that it was a spy agency and was happy to comply with any
inquiry into it. However, he did not believe Peters'
genuinely thought he had been spied on.
"It might suit Mr Peters to try and set some little squirrel
off to ensure nobody looks at the issue of why he misled the
NZ Herald or why he wouldn't answer the questions."
On February 7, Mr Peters had dismissed Glucina's questions
about three visits as "false".
Mr Peters has said that surveillance was the only way Key
could have found out about all three visits.