Written By: - Date published: 12:44 pm, January 13th, 2017 - 58 comments
Categories: bill english, International, spin, Spying - Tags: beat-up, credit where it's due, jihadi brides, risk, surveillance, terrorism
Bill English yesterday – New Zealand faces ‘possible’ election hacking
US spies have found Russia ordered an ‘influence campaign’ during the US election, and President-elect Donald Trump has finally acknowledged Russia did hack Hillary Clinton’s campaign emails.
Mr English says our elections could be hacked as well.
“It’s possible I suppose – just why someone would want to interfere with our elections would be hard to imagine.”
However, Mr English doesn’t believe our involvement in this spying system makes us more vulnerable.
“I wouldn’t think so, no – it actually means we can work with others who can understand our systems and get the benefit of their expertise,” he says.
And Mr English doesn’t know if we face any specific danger from Russian spying.
“Look I really don’t know,” Mr English says.
“One of New Zealand’s benefits is because we’re a long way away and fairly small we don’t attract too much attention.”
So let’s hear it for a bit of refreshing honesty. I guess there’s no need for all that domestic spying apparatus then?