Spying. Moments of Truth. Snowden, Greenwald, Assange, Amsterdam … No, you’re right, none of them are New Zealanders.

Additional information: they are some of the world’s experts in government surveillance. Yes, world experts travelled to New Zealand (or in the case of fugitives) beamed in via satellite, and your complaint is that they’re not New Zealandy enough.

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Okay, let’s give New Zealand’s global government surveillance experts a run at this then … *Sound of crickets*

Sigh.

People seem to be really focused on Kim Dotcom’s involvement in this. Here’s an idea. Look past that for just a wee second (shouldn’t be too hard cause the Moment of Truth actually hardly talked about his case), and focus your little camera eyes and your little microphone ears on what was said last night.

(In the shock of the week, best local coverage of the Moment of Truth goes to … Stuff. Yes, you read me right. Thanks for taking a look at this, Andrea Vance. She’s outlined the revelations here, quite succinctly. Otherwise, if you’re interested in good coverage, I’d suggest to you that you try the Guardian, The Intercept, CNN, Russia Times, fuck it, anyone but the glove-puppets at the New Zealand Herald.)

So according to some of my sources this comes down to Key’s word against Snowden’s. Let’s assume you’re right for a second then. Let’s play that game! Sounds fun!

Who has the most to lose if they’re wrong or lying — Key or Snowden?

This one’s easy mate. It’s Key, obviously.

Snowden’s pretty much lost everything he can over this. He’s a fugitive in Russia, he cannot return to his home country, or actually many places in the world at all due to extradition treaties (hence Russia). It’s not exactly a holiday camp is it? (To borrow a phrase from our PM.)

What about Key? What’s he got to lose? Oh, um, just about everything? Yep. If people choose to believe the truth in what Greenwald, Snowden et al said last night, then Key has lied to the public over and over again, and is spying on us all, has been for ages, said he wasn’t, said he’d resign if he lied, has been doing the work of NSA “henchman” (to borrow another phrase). It’s not good for him really is it?

Who has the most to gain in this situation?

Um, well, the answer’s a bit of the same really. Snowden doesn’t really benefit from this in any conceivable way. (I’d like to add that at no stage has anyone come close to proving Snowden’s allegations false — if anything they’ve been accepted as truth.)

Obviously Key has quite a lot to gain. The executive power of New Zealand. Another term of … whatever it is that National has planned for another term. Maybe sell some more stuff. Mine some more shit. Disenfranchise some more people. (Maybe tax cuts!) Hmmm.

 
Actually I think that’s all we need to ask. Good game. There’s some orange slices in the clubroom.