Dotcom finds no-one home at spy base

CATHIE BELL
Last updated 05:00 07/08/2014
Kim Dotcom
SCOTT HAMMOND/Fairfax NZ

NO GO: Kim Dotcom takes a selfie outside the Waihopai spy base during a break in the Internet-Mana roadtrip.

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He came, he rang the doorbell, but there was no response.

Kim Dotcom visited the Government Security Communications Bureau listening post in the Waihopai Valley yesterday afternoon, during the South Island part of the Internet-Mana party's roadtrip.

Along with party leader Laila Harre and Te Tai Tonga candidate Georgina Beyer, Dotcom drove over from Nelson to visit the Waihopai spy base, before returning to hold a public meeting at the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology yesterday evening.

They will hold a public meeting in Blenheim on Thursday next week.

Dotcom said he had mixed emotions visiting the base, especially given leaked documents showed an American National Security Agency engineer visited Blenheim last year to talk about installing a future Special Source Operations site.

Whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed SSO was a division of the National Security Agency responsible for all computer programmes aimed at collecting data from major fibre-optic cables and switches.

"You know what that is? That's splicing into mass communications. If they installed that here, the only use of such technology would be mass surveillance, the very thing that Prime Minister John Key says this Government is not engaging in.

"But as one of the Five Eyes protocols, New Zealand has an obligation as part of that group to feed data into the spy cloud. That's why the spy base is here."

Posing for photographs against the gate across the entry into the base, Harre told Dotcom "they burst your bubble, you can burst theirs when we close them down".

Five minutes after the Internet-Mana group left the base, a police car drove up Waihopai Valley Rd.

Harre said the roadtrip had been going extremely well.

"We have filled halls from the north of the North Island right down to Wellington . . . A lot of young people, a lot of curious people.

"I don't expect people to arrive as supporters. But I think a lot of them who are sceptical leave as voters or people motivated to spread the message of voting.

"We're not just talking our political message, but the importance of people enrolling and voting.

"One of our big things is to increase the voter turnout in this election." Fairfax NZ

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