Green Party welcomes IGIS inquiry into GCSB

The Green Party is pleased the Inspector General of the Intelligence and Security (IGIS) has confirmed that she will be undertaking an inquiry following a complaint from the Green Party into the actions of the Government Communication Security Bureau (GCSB) in the South Pacific.

The Green Party is pleased the Inspector General of the Intelligence and Security (IGIS) has confirmed that she will be undertaking an inquiry following a complaint from the Green Party into the actions of the Government Communication Security Bureau (GCSB) in the South Pacific.

“These are very serious allegations and they do need to be looked at by an independent body”, said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman.

“It is reassuring that an inquiry is being launched off the back of the complaints made by many concerned New Zealanders including the Green Party.

“The documents that were released show systemic spying on New Zealanders who were working or traveling in the South Pacific.

“There have been over 1.6 million visits by New Zealanders to the Pacific since 2009; all of those people deserve to know whether they were spied on.

“The last time the Green Party laid a complaint with the IGIS, it resulted in her finding that the central allegations made by Nicky Hager were true.

“Now is the opportunity for John Key to be open with the public and come clean on what the activities of the GCSB were and how much he knew.

“It is time to stop hiding behind the excuse of ‘operational matters’,” said Dr Norman.

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