Key refuses to identify visiting US spy

Last updated 14:43 04/12/2012

Relevant offers

National News

Father lodges human rights violations complaint against government with UN Shock snub for Martin Guptill in IPL auction as Shane Watson tops prices One critically injured after car slams into power pole near Lincoln Royal baby fever in Bhutan as new crown prince is born Somali plane was 'hit by bomb' says minister Five killed in Austrian avalanche - police Ex-Directioner Zayn Malik's Pillowtalk is fastest-selling UK single of 2016 Suicide bomber kills eight, injures dozens in Pakistan city of Quetta Late Ardie Savea try sees New Zealand tie with Australia, top Sydney Sevens pool David v Jacinda: Spread the love – take Waitangi Day on the road

Prime Minister John Key is refusing to reveal which US spy flew into Wellington last week.

He has reviewed paperwork about "several meetings", but says it is not in the national interest to go into details.

"I could make a wild guess... but I don't know. I'm not their travel agent and I don't inquire how they travelled to New Zealand."

He said the government did not talk about who attended security meetings.

"There are routine meetings," he said.

This morning Key confirmed "a number" of US intelligence officials were in the country to meet with our spooks.

"There was a routine meeting held in New Zealand last week ... with a number of other countries," he said.

However, he has denied it was a meeting of the Five Eyes intelligence alliance, made up of the United States, Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

Key - who has responsibility for the intelligence agencies - says he was not involved in the meeting and does not know what was discussed.

"I don't track every official that comes to New Zealand. People come all the time. Some come on planes, some don't ... I don't bother going to ask who's on those particular planes."

He agreed it must have been a senior figure in US President Barack Obama's administration.

"There'd be lots of senior and important people that come to New Zealand.

"If someone parks a US plane at Wellington airport, in my opinion, that doesn't count as a secret.

"If someone was secretly trying to get into New Zealand you presumably won't park a marked plane at Wellington airport."

Five Eyes meets regularly across the globe. They are believed to have met in New Zealand in September.

Within days Key ordered an investigation into illegal spying by the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) on internet piracy accused Kim Dotcom.

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content