Leader in row over 'power abuse' of spy unit

By Xinhua in Wellington ( China Daily ) Updated: 2014-11-26 07:38:12

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key was accused on Tuesday of being involved in an abuse of power after an independent watchdog found the political neutrality of the security services had been compromised to embarrass an opposition leader.

The allegations stemmed from events before the 2011 election when then-Labor Party leader Phil Goff claimed he had not been party to a briefing by the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service chief about alleged Israeli spies being caught up in the Christchurch earthquake in February 2011.

Briefing notes released under the Official Information Act to a right-wing blogger had appeared to contradict Goff's claim that he had not been included in the briefing as he was entitled to be.

Leader in row over 'power abuse' of spy unit

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