Yesterday, John Key told Parliament in endless detail exactly what the GCSB did trying to check if there is any video of him talking about Dotcom (there doesn’t seem to be, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t). He knew all of that front to back. But, when it came to a simple question: ‘when did the GCSB realise they had broken the law in spying on Dotcom’. He had no idea.
David Shearer: On what date did the Government Communications Security Bureau first become aware that its surveillance of Kim Dotcom was illegal?
Rt Hon JOHN KEY: The first day that I was briefed by the Government Communications Security Bureau about it being illegal was likely to be the 17th.
David Shearer: Point of order—
Mr SPEAKER: I think I can predict the Leader of the Opposition’s point of order. The member actually asked on what date the Government Communications Security Bureau became aware that its investigation may have been illegal, not the date on which the Prime Minister was advised of that.
Rt Hon JOHN KEY: I do not have that date to hand.
It’s incredible that he hasn’t bothered to learn such a basic fact.
There is a simple solution to this for the Government – and even David Farrar is calling for it now. Do a proper, independent inquiry that will deliver answers to everyone’s questions. If Key can order one for a IT breach at WINZ, then he ought to be able to order one for the GCSB debacle too….. unless there’s stuff he doesn’t want coming out.