John Key is treating the New Zealand population with contempt in the way that it is responding to the latest Snowden revelations. He would have us believe that Nicky Hager is propagating false information AND dealing with stolen information all at the same time.
So which one is it? If Hager is lying then what he is saying ought to be easily disproved. And if he is relying on stolen information then obviously it is accurate not to mention deeply disturbing.
Or is it that John Key is speaking out of many sides of his mouth at the same time? He has an uncanny skill of doing this. If you want an example then parse this recent passage from the Herald:
[Yesterday], Mr Key told Radio New Zealand the claims were “unproven”.
The paperwork revealed New Zealand’s GCSB spy agency worked with the United States’ NSA elite hacker team – the Tailored Access Operations division – which specialised in cracking computer systems and planting spyware on computers.
The documents emerged in a reporting project between the Herald on Sunday, investigative journalist Nicky Hager and the US news site, The Intercept, which had access to Snowden’s information.
But Mr Key said: “I would not take everything these guys say literally by any stretch of the imagination.”
He said he had not seen all the information that Hager had access to.
“[Snowden’s] a thief and he stole and you’ve got a bunch of people who’ve been out there propagating information that’s actually been proven to be incorrect.”
Mr Key said no country in the world, including China, talked about the work their foreign intelligence gathering services performed.
“They don’t do it in the United States … they don’t do it in China, they don’t do it anywhere else.
“In the end we have legally established foreign intelligence gathering services – they are there for a reason, they are there for the protection of New Zealand and New Zealand interests and that’s what we do.”
Get that? In a few sentences Key goes from the claims being “unproven” (Hager always said he had no proof), to an aggressive false sequiter by saying Key would not take every single thing Hager had said literally (only most?), that he has not seen all of Hager’s information (who said he had?), Snowden is a thief AND propagating information proved to be incorrect (which is it?), New Zealand does not talk about these things (why can’t it issue a simple denial), and the GCSB is legally established (which is completely different to a legally established entity deciding to act illegally).
And the funny thing? Key has not directly denied that the GCSB has worked with the NSA to spy on the Chinese.
The episode displays something about Key which is becoming more and more obvious. He is not a big wheeler dealer who made his millions by the complexity of the deals that he completed. He made his money by lining up contracts and persuading the parties through a combination of guile and sloppy language that for each of them it was the deal of the century. He is a used car salesman on methamphetamine enhanced steroids. With the assistance of the best focus grouping that money can buy he says what he thinks the various parts of our community will want to hear. When he is under pressure he says many different things at the same time to a variety of different audiences with a group of tailored messages.
The last time he was this desperate was after the release of Dirty Politics when the response was the same, it was all a lie and the information was illegally obtained all at the same time.
Although I may buy a used car from that man I would prefer that he was not the Prime Minister of my country …