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Report details more GCSB spying

Tuesday 9 Apr 2013 6:17 a.m.

The GCSB operates its satellite communications monitoring facility at Waihopai

The GCSB operates its satellite communications monitoring facility at Waihopai

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A Government-ordered review into the intelligence agency which illegally spied on Kim Dotcom has revealed others may have been the victims of unlawful surveillance.

The Dominion Post, which has seen the yet-to-be-released report from cabinet secretary Rebecca Kitteridge, says the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) may have illegally spied on 85 people.

It says the 71-page review reveals GCSB surveillance of 85 New Zealanders since 2003 may have been illegal.

The agency is prohibited from spying on anyone who is a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.

The newspaper says Ms Kitteridge, who was appointed by Prime Minister John Key to the GCSB to find out why the agency illegally spied on internet copyright accused Dotcom, found a host of failings in the way the agency operated.

Mr Key said the report, which recommends significant changes within the GCSB, will be released on his return from a trade trip to China.

"I think when you see Rebecca Kitteridge's report you'll see that there's clearly the need for change, and we'll be in a position to talk about that when we get back to New Zealand," he told reporters in Guangzhou on Monday.

Ms Kitteridge's report is critical of the oversight of former deputy director and legal adviser Hugh Wolfensohn, the Dominion Post says. He quit the role last year over the Dotcom scandal.

She also recommends an overhaul of the law the agency works under and identified culture issues within the bureau.

Labour has called for an inquiry into the work of the country's intelligence agencies but Mr Key has rejected that, saying it was welcome to carry one out if it took office.

Mr Key has also been under fire for the manner in which agency director Ian Fletcher was appointed last January.


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