The last time Key and Obama spent 5 hours on the Golf Course they were talking about two issues, the TPPA and Kim Dotcom.
Jane Kelsey unpicked the TPPA connections in a TDB blog at the time, but it’s the later, Kim Dotcom, that I think is most interesting now.
On the TPPA front, Obama will be assuring Key that the TPPA will get signed when Trump leaves so Key can tell his corporate mates in the South Pacific that American Hegemony will be asserted, but the real debate will be on Dotcom.
Let’s never forget the timeline to this intrusion into NZ domestic affairs and America’s attempt to assert their sovereignty over cyberspace…
March 8th 2011 – Jerry Mateparae is stepped down as head of the GCSB.
March 15th 2011 – Top NSA spook, James Clapper, flies to NZ to meet with Key to discuss ‘synchronicity’ between the NSA and GCSB.
March 22nd 2011 – High level intelligence meetings
May 2011 – McCully visits Washington
June 17th 2011 – Key meets with Ian Fletcher for breakfast at Stamford Plaza.
July 22nd 2011 – Key is invited to Washington as pay back for this new ‘synchronicity’.
July 26th 2011 – Key side steps normal protocols and appoints his old school friend Ian Fletcher to take over at the GCSB.
October 2011 – John Key, the head of the SIS and NZDF join Ian Fletcher, the MFAT Head, and the DPMC boss for a secret dinner at the British High Commissioner’s home
December 8th 2011 – A letter states that Key is going to meet Ian Fletcher on 12th December
December 12th 2011 – Key meets with Ian Fletcher.
December 14th 2011 – The Police boss responsible for spying on Dotcom meets John Key with other intelligence agencies present.
December 16th 2011 – Kim Dotcom starts to be illegally spied upon.
January 2012 – Raid on Kim Dotcom.
…Key had golf with Obama on January 3rd 2014 and by 19th February 2014 the old boy network of the New Zealand appeals court overruled the 28 June 2012 decision, and declared the search warrants against Kim Dotcom to be valid.
This game of golf will see Obama wanting an assurance from Key that the Supreme Court will rule in America’s favour so both won’t get stained with Kim counter suing for billions in damages.
This isn’t about a game of golf, it’s about two co-conspirators needing a 5 hour meeting to get their stories straight.