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NZ spied on Pacific neighbours: Snowden documents

New Zealand has been spying on its Pacific neighbours, sweeping up information from the region and passing it to an American spy agency, documents released on Thursday said.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key refused to comment on the specific revelations, saying through a spokesperson: “The Snowden documents were taken some time ago and many are old, out of date, and we can’t discount that some of what is being put forward may even be fabricated.”

Key later told reporters: “Some of the information is incorrect, some of it is out of date, and some of the assumptions are just plain wrong.”

According to the documents, New Zealand spies were targeting the entire email, phone and social media communications of the country’s closest, friendliest and most vulnerable neighbours, The New Zealand Herald reported.

The targets included Fiji, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Nauru, Samoa, Vanuatu, Kiribati, New Caledonia, Tonga and French Polynesia, said the documents released by Edward Snowden.


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