SIS refuses to confirm or deny surveillance of NZ reporters

Author
Felix Marwick,
Publish Date
Thu, 30 Mar 2017, 5:43AM
Rebecca Kitteridge, head of the SIS (NZ Herald)
Rebecca Kitteridge, head of the SIS (NZ Herald)

SIS refuses to confirm or deny surveillance of NZ reporters

Author
Felix Marwick,
Publish Date
Thu, 30 Mar 2017, 5:43AM

The Security Intelligence Service can neither confirm nor deny whether it's sought domestic intelligence warrants for the surveillance of New Zealand journalists and authors.

Newstalk ZB sought clarification from the spy agency after its Australian counterpart, ASIO, confirmed in Parliamentary hearings earlier this year that it had sought, and been granted journalist information warrants to access reporters' metadata.

However the SIS won't give any details beyond the basic information disclosed in its annual reports.

Director Rebecca Kitteridge said the agency doesn't release other information about intelligence warrants, as it could potentially jeopardise investigations.

She neither confirmed nor denied whether such warrants have been sought or granted.

 

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