GCSB Targeted Ops Damaging to NZ’s International Reputation – Buchanan

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Dr Paul Buchanan, founder of 36th Parallel Assessments.
Dr Paul Buchanan, founder of 36th Parallel Assessments.

In episode 2 of Evening Report Paul Buchanan of 36th Parallel Assessments says the New Zealand Government’s GCSB signals spy agency has damaged the country’s international reputation as an honest broker.

In this extended interview with Evening Report editor Selwyn Manning, Buchanan is highly critical of the short sightedness of the GCSB’s targeted operations against New Zealand’s largest trade partners.

The targeted nations include China, Japan, India, Pakistan, Vietnam, in fact most of the ASEAN nations.

Paul Buchanan believes the United States is using the NZ based GCSB to carry out surveillance operations that are too sensitive for it to do itself. That New Zealand has virtually no oversight of its intelligence agencies and as such is vulnerable to exploitation by the superpower.

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Selwyn Manning, BCS (Hons.) MCS (Hons.) is an investigative political journalist with 23 years media experience. He specializes in reportage and analysis of socioeconomics, politics, foreign affairs, and security/intelligence issues. Selwyn has extensive experience as a commentator and has provided live political analysis to a wide range of television and radio organizations broadcasting in New Zealand, Australia and globally including the BBC (Five Live, London) and BBC (World Service). He is currently a correspondent to Australia's FiveAA radio, and is a regular live-on-air panelist on Radio New Zealand's The Panel with broadcaster Jim Mora.

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  1. This was an excellent interview – very informative.

    Also interesting (and worrying) is Paul’ point about the NSA/US intelligence services contracting out work to private contractors, with the result that security vetting and monitoring of contract workers has become a bit lax.

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