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Watchdog to probe claims govt used spy to smear opponents

By Xinhua in Wellington ( China Daily ) Updated: 2014-08-21 06:52:04

The chief watchdog of New Zealand's spy agencies on Wednesday announced she will investigate claims that the government manipulated intelligence agencies to help smear domestic political opponents.

Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Cheryl Gwyn said she will start an inquiry into allegations that the Security Intelligence Service might have released official information to a right-wing blogger with links to the government, regarding briefings provided to the then-leader of the opposition Labor Party, Phil Goff, in 2011.

The allegations emerged last week in a book based on hacked Internet communications between Prime Minister John Key's then-communications adviser and right-wing blogger Cameron Slater.

Watchdog to probe claims govt used spy to smear opponents

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