John Key has reiterated his position that New Zealanders are “absolutely without doubt” not the subject of mass surveillance.

His comments follow several calls by politicians to front up to claims that the GCSB has links to US intelligence and has been involved in mass monitoring.

Claims were made yesterday by whistleblower Edward Snowden that in his job as an NSA contractor he was able to access New Zealanders’ private communications.

Mr Key has conceded that Mr Snowden may have seen some intelligence on New Zealand citizens but that this would have been “for legitimate reasons”.

However, the Prime Minister wouldn’t discuss whether New Zealand has access to Xkeyscore – a surveillance tool it’s alleged that the GCSB has not only used but helped to develop.

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