A senior employee at New Zealand’s Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) appears to have been sent on gardening leave, as the Bureau and other government agencies investigate the Kim Dotcom affair.
In recent works it has emerged that the GCSB conducted surveillance of Dotcom under laws that empower it to spy on foreigners. But the ebullient former Megaupload owner is a permanent resident of New Zealand, and spying on him is therefore verbotenunder Kiwi law.
New Zealand media report a man identified as
Agent CX signed off on the surveillance is now undergoing an
employment process, which sounds like bureaucratese for
ticking all the boxes to sack a civil servant in a way that makes it hard for them to sue later on.