Spies 'unlawfully' accessed data then refused to talk about it properly – oversight body

NZ Herald | 12 Dec 2017

Our spies have broken the law accessing Customs and Immigration data and have resisted explaining to the intelligence oversight body why they have done so.

That’s the blunt statement spelled out in the latest annual report from the Inspector General of Intelligence and Security.

It suggests two of the country’s most capable public service lawyers are at a standoff with former deputy Solicitor-General Cheryl Gwynn holding the role of Inspector General and former Cabinet secretary Rebecca Kitteridge as the head of the NZSIS.

The details are revealed in the latest annual report from Gwynn into the NZ Security Intelligence Service and the Government Communications Security Bureau.

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