Guyon Espiner landed a doozie on Chris Finlayson this morning. He quizzed Finlayson on why the GCSB was used to spy on New Zealand’s trading partners to help Tim Groser’s WTO campaign.
Espiner posed this question:
When this became public in the New Zealand Herald one comment was that “this was a backward looking anti American bunch of plonkers thats what these guys are. They are not interested in the future of New Zealand or making it stronger, they are just opposed to the Government”. Do you agree with that?
Finlayson then responded
You always get that type of wild eyed stuff on the right.
After being told that John Key was the person who made the comment Finlayson blustered through the interview and indignantly refused to acknowledge that the GCSB had been engaged in the WTO project, allegedly to intercept diplomatic communications in pursuit of providing Tim Groser an advantage in his attempt to become the next head of the World Trade Organisation. Of course continuous refusal to deny this occurred adds weight to the claim.
Hopefully Cheryl Gwyn’s investigation will get to the heart of the matter although I suspect the Government will be doing everything it can to prevent publication of any finding that may be politically damaging.
And Finlayson needs to be more circumspect in what he says. Disclosing National Party secrets will make him very unpopular with elements of his party.