Didn’t someone once call John Key “as slippery as a snake in wet grass”? It’s interesting to watch him slither about, changing his story on the latest Dotcom revelations.
Here’s what Key is saying now:
Mr Key said the review backed up his statements that he had not been briefed in detail by the GCSB on its role in the Dotcom matter, nor any issues of potential illegality, until Monday September 17. [My emphasis]
“I have been clear from the outset that I received no briefing on the operation from GCSB prior to 17 September, and this review confirms that“. [My emphasis]
And so on and so on. But hang on a moment please. The review does not “confirm” that Key had no briefing, quite the opposite (though the press release tries to pretend that it isn’t so). And Key did not deny being “briefed in detail”, he denied being briefed at all. Here’s what he said last Tuesday:
Despite being the minister in charge of the GCSB, he says none of it is his fault. “Simply because I wasn’t aware of the fact that the operation was taking place. It didn’t require ministerial sign-off. The first I heard about it was Monday.” [My emphasis]
That’s a straight forward categorical denial (and a straight forward categorical lie at about 99% probability). Trying to pretend now that he said “not been briefed in detail” is his usual slithery style.