NZ PM ‘misled’ people

AUCKLAND – American journalist Glenn Greenwald says Prime Minister John Key systematically misled New Zealanders by working on a mass surveillance plan while giving assurances the government would not spy on them.

The award-winning journalist is in Auckland as part of a Kim Dotcom-funded event on Monday night set to reveal, using US National Security Agency documents obtained by Edward Snowden, that the country’s foreign intelligence agency GCSB engaged in widespread domestic spying.

Mr Key has strongly denied the claims, saying the information is linked to a widespread cyber protection program that was briefly considered by the government but never got off the ground.

He said Mr Greenwald had incomplete information and wrongly “thought he had a gotcha thing on me”, he told Radio New Zealand on Monday.