Signs of Five Eyes VIPs' visit at resort

A group of plainclothes police and security wait outside reception at Millbrook Resort, Arrowtown...
A group of plainclothes police and security wait outside reception at Millbrook Resort, Arrowtown, yesterday. PHOTO: THE NEW ZEALAND HERALD
A blocked internal road at Millbrook Resort and a group of police officers in shorts and T-shirts were the only signs yesterday of an imminent visit by a group of VIPs to the Wakatipu this weekend.

It was reported on Thursday a gathering of intelligence and security agencies related to the Five Eyes spy network was to be held at Millbrook this weekend.

Attendees were understood to include Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) director James Comey and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director Mike Pompeo.

It was understood about 15 agencies that carry out intelligence for Five Eyes - the spying partnership of the United States, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and New Zealand - would be attending the conference, which was believed to run for about a week and include golf, it was reported.

The Otago Daily Times understands police officers from Dunedin, Christchurch and further afield are in Arrowtown to provide security during the event.

A group of police officers who ``looked like a rugby team'' reportedly arrived at Millbrook, near Arrowtown, late yesterday afternoon in unmarked police cars and a dog squad vehicle.

One road, beside the main reception area, was blocked off by road cones.

Black vans could later be seen in the distance at the golf resort. The main entrance to Millbrook was open and no security was present.

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