Here’s a tweet from Felix Marwick this morning:
— Felix Marwick (@felixmarwick) August 20, 2014
This is very serious. To remind you, here are parts of Key’s interview with Guyon Espiner on Monday:
Espiner: Did that [SIS OIA] request come across your desk?
Espiner: So, you’re the Minister responsible for the SIS, yet you did not sign off on that request?
Espiner: You had no knowledge that a request had been made?
Key: I knew there were requests, cos, you know, yeah I would have known because generally they say “there’s a series of requests in to the SIS or the GCSB. But they often – well they always sign off on things on their own timetable.
Thanks to Marwick, we now know the truth in this matter.
At best, Key’s set of answers is “extremely economical.” In fact, it shows a clear intention to mislead the public and cover up Key’s gatekeeper role in releasing security documents to a partisan friend to attack a partisan opponent. That is awful. Just awful.
NewstalkZB: “Further evidence Key knew about OIA”
Key should resign over SIS information bungle – Goff
Phil Goff’s welcoming a spy watchdog’s investigation, into how Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater got information about him from the SIS.
He believes the Inspector General of Intelligence and Security will find proof Mr Ede was involved.
“He knew when he was originally intended to receive them, how would he know that unless told by the 9th floor of the Beehive?
“He knew what the content of the documents were – that didn’t come from the SIS, that came from the Prime Minister’s department.”
Mr Goff says it looks like Mr Key abused his power as minister in charge of the spy agency, and he should resign as Prime Minister.