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An investigation has found no link between a group of young Israelis caught up in the Christchurch quake and the Israeli intelligence service, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key says.
Key's comments came in response to a newspaper report that the earthquake had unearthed an Israeli spy ring operating in New Zealand.
"...said he was angry and upset at the suggestions that spies were operating in Christchurch and said he would respond in detail later."
Newstalk ZB's political editor Barry Soper, who is with John Key in the United States, says there's no doubt the Prime Minister has been briefed on the issue and reporters have put questions to him.. . . . . . . However Mr Key has confirmed some aspects - that an Israeli victim of the quake had more than one passport, and that he was phoned on the day of the earthquake four times by the Israeli Prime Minister.
A security expert believes the police and SIS have reason to be concerned about reports of possible Israeli spies in Christchurch during the February earthquake. Paul Buchanan understands one of the Israeli victims was found to be carrying five passports.
"One has to wonder what was going on," he told Newstalk ZB's Susan Wood. "To have known the fact that the survivors left the country immediately and there were high powered Israeli overtures to the New Zealand Government to bring in a search and rescue team, and as it turns out an unauthorised search and rescue team was sent here and actually detained by the police when they were in the red zone
Paul Buchanan believes it's possible they were looking to undertake identify theft.. . . . .
By Alexia Russell and Juliette Sivertsen.
Originally posted by kigamboni
SHAMEFUL ISREAL, SHAMEFUL.
New Zealand welcomes all people without bias. The Disrespect here is Disgusting.
- John Key (NZ PM) on Asylum seekers jsut a week ago
Prime Minister John Key says accepting a boat load of Sri Lankan asylum seekers would open the flood gates to "millions of others'' and reward the "bad people''.
- Woman kicked off bus for wearing veil - 2 weeks ago.....
A Saudi Arabian student was left crying on the street after a bus driver refused to let her board because of her Muslim veil.