All strength to Spy watchdog Cheryl Gwynn. She is probably going to drop off John Key’s christmas card list for doing so but she has announced an investigation into the GCSB’s spying on friendly nations to help Tim Groser’s tilt at the top trade job. From Stuff:
The Inspector General of Intelligence and Security has launched an inquiry into the Government Communications Security Bureau following allegations it monitored rival candidates for a top World Trade Organisation job contested by a senior National government minister.
In a statement Thursday, Inspector General Cheryl Gwyn said her inquiry would focus on the way the GCSB considers undertaking foreign intelligence activities. The inquiry is in response to issues raised around Trade Minister Tim Groser’s bid to become WTO boss.
“I consider the issues raised about the process followed when the GCSB considers undertaking particular intelligence activity are of sufficient public importance to warrant an own motion inquiry,” Gwyn said.
“While it is unlikely that I will be able to publicly confirm or deny the specific allegations relating to this process, I can inquire more generally into how the GCSB determines, within its statutory constraints, what intelligence activity to undertake and what policies and procedures are in place to regulate its activities.”
From her press release the issues to be determined include these:
A full answer to the fourth question will be most interesting. We deserve to know what Key authorised and what he knew about events at the time.