Joint Policy Statement on International Agreements and a certain MOU

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From: Scott

Dear Government Communications Security Bureau,

I would like to make a request for a copy of a NZSIS-GCSB Joint Policy Statement and a certain MOU, both of which are referenced in an IGIS report published today:

ONE: I would like to request a copy of JPS – 026 International Agreements and Arrangements

TWO: I would like to request a copy of the 2012 MOU between GCSB and the foreign partner agency referenced throughout the IGIS report

In terms of Section 16(2) of the OIA my preference is to receive a copy of these documents, rather than an excerpt or summary.

Yours faithfully,


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A close reading of the IGIS report and leaked Snowden documents makes it clear that the foreign partner agency signals intelligence capability in question is an NSA capability called APPARITION and that its hardware was installed at GCSB's Waihopai Station.

APPARITION is a capability to "Find [the] position of isolated “VSAT” satellite users." APPARITION systems overseas have been used to locate high-value counter-terrorism targets in the Middle East for capture-kill missions. This would be what the IGIS meant when he said that the GCSB deployment of the capability had the potential to be used to support military operations.

The "capability’s predecessor" referenced in IGIS paragraph 37 is GHOSTHUNTER.

Sources: (this is apparently the very document referred to in paragraph 67 of the IGIS report: "...a GCSB presentation in March 2012 advised that installation was planned for June.")

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Attachment 2024 03 21 Scott OIA Response.pdf
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Kia ora Scott,

Please find attached a response from the Director-General.

Nga mihi,

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