“Due to specific security requirements we cannot comment further at this time. However, as police have pointed out they are not aware of a visit to Queenstown by a current or former head of state.”
A spokesman for Prime Minister Bill English
The Five Eyes spying network will hold his highly secretive meeting in Queenstown NZ this coming weekend. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) director James Comey and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director Mike Pompeo are expected to attend.
Queenstown (Māori: Tāhuna) is a resort town in Otago in the south-west of New Zealand’s South Island. It has an urban population of 14,300. Massive security operation is underway.
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Chris Finlayson — Minister for the Government Communications and Security Bureau (GCSB) and Security Intelligence Service (SIS) — is expected to attend the conference. FBI James Comey met with Finlayson last March in New Zealand. Australia’s Director-General of Security Duncan Lewis is also expected.
About the “Five Eyes”
The Five Eyes, often abbreviated as FVEY, is an intelligence alliance comprising Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. These countries, all Anglophone and ruled by a common law legal system, are bound by the multilateral UKUSA Agreement, a treaty for joint cooperation in signals intelligence.
The origins of the FVEY can be traced back to the post-World War II period, when the Atlantic Charter was issued by the Allies to lay out their goals for a post-war world.
During the course of the Cold War, the ECHELON surveillance system was initially developed by the FVEY to monitor the communications of the former Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc, although it is now used to monitor billions of private communications worldwide. [Wikipedia]
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