Sir John Key said he’d killed a ‘mass surveillance’ programme – yet it kept on going.
Key denied it – saying Speargun had been canned in March 2013 because it was too intrusive.
He said: ‘We made the call as government and I made the call as the Minister and as Prime Minister – that actually it was set too broadly.
‘What we ultimately did when it comes to Speargun in my opinion – I said it’s set too far.
I don’t even want to see the business case’.
The NZ Herald has found – after three years of refusals and information going missing – that the former Prime Minister’s version of events doesn’t match that of documents created at the time.
The plan to develop Speargun began in April 2012 under the guise of ‘Initiative 7418’ when Cabinet asked the GCSB to develop an advanced cyber protection strategy.