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Sheepish Kiwi spooks are seriously regretting their antics over spying on such a high profile case as Megaupload boss Kim Dotcom.
After the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) was hauled over the coals for illegally spying on Dotcom, the government held an official inquiry into the spooks’ operations.
According to AP, they found that the agency had a fairly casual attitude to the law and had never really been called out on it.
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said the report into the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) was “sobering reading” and revealed long-standing problems with the agency’s practices and culture.
Key, who is the minister responsible for the organisation, said that this review will knock public confidence in the GCSB.
Key has offered a public apology to Dotcom, acknowledging that the German national should have been off limits to the GCSB because he has residency status in New Zealand.
At the time the GCSB insisted the Dotcom case was an isolated incident, but an 85-page report, compiled by a top public servant, found there were a total of 88 cases where New Zealand citizens or residents may have been illegally spied on.
Although the names were kept secret to protect the guilty, the report identified “issues within GCSB concerning organisational structure, culture, systems and capabilities” and called for more external oversight of the agency.
Key has promised to bring in some major changes at the agency.
Dotcom said he was surprised at the scale of the problem and said that the PM should apologise to those people too and inform the targets.