The latest from the organisation that has branded itself as having mastery of cyberspace shows that it is is having trouble counting. It presented its annual report to Parliament yesterday but had to insert an erratum into the report because someone in the organisation cannot count.
For the 2012/2013 year instead of seven interception warrants being in force there were actually 11. Instead of four interception warrants being issued there were five. Instead of there being 14 access authorisations in force there were 26. And instead of nine access authorisations being issued there were 11.
The mistake arose because some operations had multiple warrants issued. But this is pretty well the only way to assess what this super duper secret organisation is up to and you would expect it to get such an important document right.
Something the media has not commented on yet but before it is published it has to be submitted to the relevant Minister who has the power to withhold information contained in the report. Key’s office must have given active consideration to the report before it was published. The report also has to be delivered to him “as soon as practicable after June 30” so it has been sitting on someone’s desk for quite a while.
You have to wonder at how such a silly series of mistakes could be made. And you have to wonder how the Minister in charge, John Key, could have allowed the report to be completed with such a series of basic mistakes.
Next time someone within the organisation should take their shoes and socks off to make sure that they are performing a proper count.
John Key’s mate Ian Fletcher has given an apology. Perhaps the man himself should give one.