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Kiwis pay $103m ‘membership fee’ for spying

NZ Herald
21 October 2014

The Waihopai Valley Satellite Station. Photo / Mark Mitchell

The $103 million taxpayer funding of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies is effectively a membership fee for joining the Five Eyes surveillance club with the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and Canada, according to a de-classified report.

The report says the money pays for our spies to do a few “niche” tasks well and to use our international partners to do the rest.

The “Murdoch Report” was written by former diplomat and senior public servant Simon Murdoch in 2009 for the State Services Commissioner and classified secret because of the details contained about New Zealand’s spy agencies. Continue reading Kiwis pay $103m ‘membership fee’ for spying