Comey and Pompeo may attend NZ Five Eyes spy gathering

Comey and Pompeo may attend NZ Five Eyes spy gathering
The ‘Five Eyes’ spy pact must be made transparent, according to Privacy International. (Reuters / Pawel Kopczynski) / Reuters

CIA Director Mike Pompeo and FBI Director James Comey may be attending a secret Five Eyes spy meeting in New Zealand 

(VERO BEACH, FL) The highly secretive meeting is being held in Queenstown, NZ this coming weekend and is believed to include representatives from 15 intelligence agencies which carry out spying for the Five Eyes network.

Five Eyes is a spying partnership between the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.

On Wednesday a spokesman for New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English confirmed that a number of senior intelligence officials were coming to Queenstown for a government hosted conference, but did not reveal the meetings agenda.  

"Due to specific security requirements we cannot comment further at this time,” English said. “However, as police have pointed out they are not aware of a visit to Queenstown by a current or former head of state."

According to the NZ Herald, a local newspaper, FBI Director James Comey and CIA Director Mike Pompeo are believed to attending the gathering, along with New Zealand’s Minister for the Government Communications and Security Bureau (GCSB) and Security Intelligence Service (SIS) Chris Finlayson’s.

High profile spy gatherings are usually kept secret, and New Zealand has often been picked as a destination spot for such conferences.

In 2016, former New Zealand Prime Minister John Key disclosed that Obama’s ODNI chief Jim Clapper had visited on his way to Australia for an official Five eyes conference.

If the rumors are true, this would not be the first visit by FBI Director James Comey to New Zealand. In March 2016 he made a stop in the reclusive destination to meet with Kiwi spy chief Chris Finlayson and Police Commissioner Mike Bush.

Kim Dotcom, the founder of Megaupload.com, who the U.S. has long sought to extradite on charges of criminal copyright infringement, money laundering, and wire fraud, chimed in on the alleged spy chief get-together, jokingly tweeting, “the 5 eyed spy monster that fails to keep its secrets secret.”

TRUNEWS correspondent asked Kim Dotcom, who has been known for funny stunts to promote internet freedom, if he plans to crash the secretive conference in Queensland.

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