Allegations of Chinese interference in New Zealand politics have reared their head again, with suggestions the country is a “soft underbelly” for interference efforts. But one Kiwi expert suggests we need more evidence to back up the “hype” around the allegations.
Former spy minister Chris Finlayson has thrown government officials under the bus for a blunder which deprived Kiwi spooks of visual surveillance tools, saying they would have been to blame had a terrorist attack occurred.
The crisis over the expulsion of Russian diplomats deepened as the Prime Minister was ridiculed around the world for not being able to find any spies to expel. Jacinda Ardern’s statement was reported in much of the world’s media and drew ridicule from experts, including a former KGB double-agent. Thomas Coughlan reports
New Zealand appears unlikely to follow Western allies in expelling any Russian diplomats over the poisoning of a former spy, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern saying our intelligence officials are unaware of any Russian spies operating here.
As an Australian senator has resigned over his links to China, some in New Zealand are pointing to a newly released document as highlighting concerns about the country’s influence here. But there is debate over the significance of China’s efforts, as Sam Sachdeva reports.
Cheryl Gwyn has not been afraid to ask tough questions of New Zealand's spy agencies in her role as the country's intelligence watchdog. In Newsroom's ongoing "watchdog" series, she speaks to Sam Sachdeva about her past as a student activist, the value of Edward Snowden's leaks, and the dangers of Donald Trump.
New Zealand’s spy watchdog has shared her concerns about the country’s intelligence relationship with the United States, saying Kiwi agencies must make sure they are not “somehow drawn into unlawful activity”.
New Zealand’s intelligence alliance with the United States has not been affected by President Donald Trump’s controversial decision to share highly classified information with Russia, Prime Minister Bill English says.