1News: Spy agencies need better safety checks, Nicky Hager’s lawyer says after NZSIS illegally spied on journalist

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Nicky Hager’s lawyer is calling on New Zealand’s spy agencies to implement more thorough safety checks after it was yesterday announced the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service illegally spied on the journalist.

Yesterday, it was announced that the acting Inspector General of Intelligence and Security upheld a complaint by Mr Hager against the spy agency for acting unlawfully in attempting to uncover his journalistic sources.

The Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) accessed two months of phone records from Mr Hager’s home phone, and three months of records from a New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) officer’s mobile and home phone line. It came after Mr Hager’s 2011 book Other People’s Wars, about New Zealand’s involvement in the war in Afghanistan.

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