The latest in the Snowden / GCSB spying leaks, as emerging in The Herald:
Leaked papers reveal NZ plan to spy on China for US
Our spies and America’s top government hackers cooked up a plan to crack into a data link between Chinese Government buildings in Auckland, new Edward Snowden documents reveal.
The project appeared aimed at tapping data flowing between the Chinese consulate and its passport office in Great South Rd — and using the link to access China’s computer systems.
One of the source documents included appears to show that “Phase 1” was completed.
In the case of spying on Korea Key claimed that they wouldn’t care:
Mr Key says the Koreans simply do not care, “because they wouldn’t give a monkey’s and they probably wouldn’t believe it”.
He can’t play that nonsense card in the case of China – from the Herald piece again:
The revelation is the most explosive of the information about New Zealand revealed in the Snowden documents — and has sparked a firm Chinese diplomatic response giving rise to concerns our security relationship with the United States is impacting our trade relationship with China.
A Chinese Embassy spokesman told the Herald on Sunday: “China is concerned about relevant report. We attach great importance to the cybersecurity issue.
See further analysis from Hager and Gallagher.
So, great, now we can add China to the growing list of countries that are pissed off with us. What could possibly go wrong?