He said he had also checked overnight with the head of the GCSB Ian Fletcher and former head of the GCSB Bruce Ferguson and both had told him there were no NSA bases in New Zealand.
The Five Eyes parties had an agreement not to spy on each other.
Mr Key said NSA staff were sometimes in New Zealand on secondments, but there were no actual bases.
(via NZ Herald)
So, not actually a denial at all. It’s just semantic word-play.
1. He’s now “been told” there are no bases, so he can always blame others when he’s caught out on this.
3. There’s an “agreement not to spy on each other”, that doesn’t mean they aren’t here spying for us, or on others from our nation.
3. “no actual bases” does not mean no established locations, which is what the public thinks of as bases, it just means whatever he wants it to. The word “actual” allows for all sorts of prevarication and semantic word play.
All John Key has been doing for the past week or so is attempting to redefine the terms of reference for various words and phrases so that he can plausibly deny the truth.
JPMorgan Chase’s chief financial officer, Marianne Lake, took the stage at a financial conference on Tuesday under strict orders not to mention her company’s involvement in Apple’s new payment system.
But when Apple’s chief executive, Timothy D. Cook, at a news conference in California at the same time, finally brought up Apple Pay, one of Ms. Lake’s deputies in New York took a green apple out of her bag and put it on a table on the stage, signaling that Ms. Lake was free to discuss the service.
The power to control another entire industry.
How a chicken farmer, a pair of princesses, and 27 imaginary spies helped the Allies win World War II.(via The Most Amazing Lie in History)
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