Here are the articles published by Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden about mass surveillance of New Zealand citizens by spy agencies that form part of the FIVE EYES intelligence alliance.
These were released in the lead up to the anyway-you-look-at-it history-making event at Auckland Town Hall last night, ‘The Moment of Truth’ featuring Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, Glenn Greenwald, Robert Amsterdam, Kim Dotcom and Laila Harre. That’s viewable on youtube here.
I think it’s always good to read such documents carefully and consider their wording — and also the wording of any denials or contradictions. Take your time.
PDF of the Snowden article (600k)
PDF of the Greenwald article (950k)
I also recommend you read Andrea Vance’s analysis ‘Moment of truth’ – do believe the hype
Regular readers will know my views of suspicionless, non-targetted government surveillance. I oppose it.
I oppose it whichever ‘colour’ of government would seek to carry it out. That’s why with hundreds, thousands of other New Zealanders I marched down Queen Street in protest last year, why I attended public meetings and rallies and argued against it. And I will continue to. (Does that make me a ‘target’ for government surveillance? Dunno. What do you think?)
These revelations are deeply disturbing to me, even given the obvious double-talk and head-patting we were given by Mr Key over the expansion of spy agency powers in 2013.