Wow. Just. Wow.
Amazing scoop by David Fisher at the Herald…
Top-secret police intelligence documents with details about confidential informants were accidentally sent by our elite organised crime-fighting agency to the criminals they were investigating.
The stunning bungle saw the information copied and widely circulated among gang and methamphetamine-producing circles and led to police taking emergency steps to protect those exposed by the blunder.
Last night, Assistant Commissioner Malcolm Burgess said the information had been mistakenly included in material sent to a lawyer acting for someone arrested in an investigation by the Organised and Financial Crime Agency of NZ (Ofcanz).
“Police deeply regret this mistake, which was the result of human error. Steps were taken to recover the information as soon as police were aware of the error.
“However, by this point it had been more widely circulated. Police also took other appropriate measures needed to prevent harm to any person arising from the mistake.”
…sending the spying information to the actual gangsters they are spying on is just remarkable. These agencies have been given enormous mass surveillance powers and the question that has constantly been demanded is how can they ensure they can protect that information from direct duplication to the NSA and keep it secure within the States own hands. Well this example suggests they’re just bloody handing it over to the criminals being spied upon.
The GCSB have started a counter propaganda campaign in the Listener to sooth baby boomers that the state spies are really just ageing hippies like them on top of a white wash ‘independent’ report that will off course agree to what the State Spies want on top of a recent attempt to pretend to be transparent.
The deep state probably can’t believe their luck at how easy it was to gain mass surveillance powers over the entire country and are now pushing the sales pitch to calm the civil liberty aesthetics of boomers. Convince middle NZ that the state security services aren’t beholden to Washington for our inclusion in 5 Eyes and they will quietly acquiesce under the pretence of national security.
We have given our police and intelligence agencies vast new powers without any genuine counter weight to protect our civil liberties. Expect these types of mistakes to become the norm.