Has New Zealand been spying on friendly countries on behalf of the United States?
Article by Adam Bennett for the New Zealand Herald
New documents released by NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden suggest New Zealand's embassies have been involved in spying on friendly nations on behalf of the United States, just as this country is seeking all the support it can get to win a seat on the United Nations Security Council.
New Zealand's seven-year campaign for a seat on the Security Council goes down to the wire this week with a final vote on Friday (NZT).
Snowden's documents raise the possibility that New Zealand may have been using its overseas diplomatic missions to spy on at least some of the countries it is looking to for support for its bid.
The documents include a 2003 list of "Exceptionally Controlled Information" which is itself classified top secret and gives a brief rundown of various US National Security Agency (NSA) intelligence-gathering operations and their security codes and status.
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