Last month on The Nation (or Q+A?) Groser mentioned how the much hyped, but actually insignificant, free trade deal with Russia had hit a mysterious wall. Groser couldn’t even get to see the current minister and had “tough” talks with the ex-minister instead, while Key’s meeting with Putin was cancelled by Putin at the last minute. Now, I think we know what the trouble is.
A Canadian spy turned double-agent for the Russians and started supplying them with all kinds of data from the Echelon spy network. The famous satellite interception dishes as Waihopai are part of that network. So, there’s a good chance that the Ruskies have seen what info we’re intercepting on their military (and, if Nicky Hager’s right, economic) activities and passing on to the other Echelon members including the Yanks.
No wonder they’re not feeling best disposed towards us right now.