US intelligence director arrives in NZ

American Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper is due to retire within a year (Reuters)
American Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper is due to retire within a year (Reuters)

America's top spy is in New Zealand for talks, the Prime Minister has revealed.

Responding to questions from Newshub, John Key today confirmed the American Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, was visiting.

Mr Clapper arrived on a US Air Force C17 Globemaster that flew into Wellington yesterday.

Key said he would meet with Clapper later afternoon, in what would be 'routine' talks.

The Prime Minister said he would likely discuss the recently released review of spy agencies that recommended a new legislative framework.

Clapper is en route to Australia and is due to retire from his position within a year.

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