In trying to deny the truth of the Snowden documents relating to the activities of the GCSB, one of Key’s many ‘lines’ has been that the documents might not be genuine:
In response to specific questions, the Prime Minister’s office dismissed Snowden’s “stolen” information, saying the documents could be fakes.
“The Snowden documents were taken some time ago and many are old, out of date, and we can’t discount that some of what is being put forward may even be fabricated,” a spokeswoman said.
No factual basis for suggesting Snowden GCSB docs ‘fabricated’ – PM office
The Prime Minister’s office has said it has no factual basis for suggesting Edward Snowden documents which exposed GCSB secrets were “fabricated”.
But it has also said some of those with access to the Snowden documents – apparently including journalist Glenn Greenwald – “have a track record of misrepresenting, misinterpreting and misunderstanding information”.
So, a backdown on the central lie, while trying to maintain an attack on the credibility of the material and those who report it. Trouble is, it’s not the reporter’s credibility that is doubtful here, it is Key’s. He’s the one trying to fabricate the ‘truth’:
— Ryan Gallagher (@rj_gallagher) March 7, 2015