April 29, 2021
Secret gardening leave needed for spooks
The Greens’ security and intelligence spokesperson, Teanau Tuiono, would like to see restrictions on former Security Intelligence Service staff being hired by the private sector.
Investigative journalist Nicky Hager has reported a 30-year SIS officer now works for controversial private investigation company Thompson and Clark, which has undertaken projects such as spying on Greenpeace and school climate strike organiser for Austrian firm OMV, and monitoring people who leave the Exclusive Brethren sect.
Mr Tuiono says a cooling off period is needed.
"You can't just leave the secret service, something like that, with all the state secrets and start working for let's say OMV or anyone else and using those skills and information for the private dollar. We need make sure these people have a cooling off period, at least five years, maybe longer," he says.
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