This just up on Stuff, about Edward Snowden making links between US and NZ intelligence services, as well as between other “5 Eyes” participants. The article, taken from The Sydney Morning Herald, begins:
United States whistleblower Edward Snowden has disclosed a link between New Zealand and US global surveillance, identifying the Waihopai spy base as a contributor to a key American intelligence collection programme.
Classified US National Security Agency maps leaked by Snowden and published by US journalist Glenn Greenwald in the Brazilian O Globo newspaper reveal the locations of dozens of US and allied signals intelligence collection sites that contribute to interception of telecommunications and internet traffic worldwide.
The New Zealand Government Security Communications Bureau facility at Waihopai near Blenheim contributes to the NSA’s collection programme codenamed X-Keyscore.
X-Keyscore! Ripe for puns about a big time gambler!
Today Bomber Bradbury highlighted a comment by Kim Dotcom in the last week, andspeculated that it may indicate Dotcom had been in contact with Snowden. Bomber suggested that this was Dotcom’s source for the (alleged) evidence that Key had lied about having prior knowledge about Dotcom before the raid on his mansion. Bradbury pointed out:
On Campbell Live last week, John asked Kim about Edward Snowden. Kim replied that he didn’t know Snowden personally and that he’d rather leave it at that with a large wry smile.
In the above linked Stuff article, there’s this bit:
Snowden also argued that the “Five eyes” partnerships are organised so that authorities in each country can “insulate their political leaders from the backlash” when it became public “how grievously they’re violating global privacy”.
So what evidence does Snowden have on such insulation, and is it as specific as Bradbury suggests? However it plays out, there’s a lot more mileage in this issue yet.