How are other nations going to react to our spying on them? Key’s response when the question arose in Korea was very typical of him – bullshit and bluster:
Mr Key says the Koreans simply do not care, “because they wouldn’t give a monkey’s and they probably wouldn’t believe it”.
Korea may or may not care, they have kept their cards to themselves. But Brazil cares:
NZ ambassador hauled before Brazilian foreign minister
New Zealand’s ambassador to Brazil, Caroline Bilkey, has been called upon to explain leaked documents showing New Zealand’s Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) spied on rival candidates for the top job at the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
And Fiji cares:
Fiji to take action against phone tapping
This comes in the wake of allegations made against the New Zealand government of listening in on Fiji’s military, police and government calls made on a particular network.
Mr Natuva says the government would not be writing to New Zealand on allegations about it spying on Fiji.
Latin America cares:
WTO spy revelations blow to NZ’s image
Repercussions likely in Latin America where New Zealand is attempting to build new trading relationships
The notion that New Zealand – a member of the “Anglo-Saxon” camp – had employed the US secret service (this is how it is being written up in San Paulo) to try and foil the Latin American emerging countries bloc from achieving its rightful elevation in geo-trade relationships will take a while to settle.
Whether they say so or not, it seems likely that other nations will care as well – to suggest otherwise is breathtaking arrogance. What will be the long term cost?