SURVEILLANCE

Snowden Files: NZ Spying on Allies

New Zealand is reportedly collecting and sharing information on friendly neighbors with the U.S. and other “Five Eyes” allies, The New Zealand Herald reported Thursday. Documents from whistleblower Edward Snowden reveal the New Zealand Government Communications Security Bureau intercepts phone calls and Internet communications at its Waihopai Station in South Island, collecting information on Tuvalu, Nauru, Kiribati, Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, and French Polynesia. The information is channeled into a database run by the U.S. National Security Agency and then shared with the “Five Eyes” partners, which includes the U.S., Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. New Zealand Prime Minister John Key told reporters of the documents, “some of the information is incorrect, some of it is out of date, and some of the assumptions are just plain wrong.”