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Anonymous: Operation Kiwi Freedom initiated

Harley Ogier | Aug. 30, 2013
In response to the New Zealand government's passing of the controversial GCSB Amendment Act, a purported representative of 'Hactivist' group Anonymous says the group will "broaden the scope of [its] NZ operations" over the next week with "Operation Kiwi Freedom".

In response to the New Zealand government's passing of the controversial GCSB Amendment Act, a purported representative of 'Hactivist' group Anonymous says the group will "broaden the scope of [its] NZ operations" over the next week with "Operation Kiwi Freedom".

In a seven-minute fifty-second video posted to YouTube on 25 August, a masked figure 'reads' a statement purportedly from the group, following a series of news clips and interviews criticising the Act.

Operation Kiwi Freedom
To the government of New Zealand: you have our full attention and we are watching your every move. Consider yourself warned.

AnonOps NZ via YouTube

The statement begins by commending New Zealand on its "true independence and moral high-ground", stemming from the anti-nuclear stance taken in 1984 by then-Prime Minister's David Lange (mispronounced in the video as "Lang").

It continues on to say that now "The Leaders of your country are being manipulated and corrupted", and "The passing of the controversial GCSB Amendment Act was a clear indication to us that we needed to intervene."

New Zealand's alleged involvement in the United States' PRISM and XKeyscore foreign intelligence programmes is criticised, pointing to leaked XKeyscore documents on which New Zealand is mentioned in the page headers. This point was raised earlier on news show Campbell Live, a video clip of which precedes the statement.

The Anonymous video warns "the citizens of New Zealand" that "Due to the inevitable corruption of your government we have decided to broaden the scope of our NZ operations. During the next week operation kiwi freedom will come in to full affect[sic]."

Authenticity/Origins
The statement is read aloud by a male text-to-speech synthesiser, and a transcript is included in the video's description. This is similar to videos posted internationally by other purported members of Anonymous, lending credence to its authenticity.

The statement is fronted by a figure wearing Anonymous' signature Guy Fawkes mask, read aloud by a male text-to-speech synthesiser.

The video was posted under YouTube account AnonOps NZ, which was created on 22 August, on the same day posting a video advertising Operation F*** GCSB and claiming responsibility for the next day's outage to the GCSB website. Those are the only two videos posted by the AnonOps NZ account at the time of writing.

The first video also opened with a subset of the news clips that appeared in Sunday's video. The news clips featured are predominantly local, with the majority captured from 3 News or TV3's Campbell Live.

A Twitter account of the same name, @AnonOpsNZ, is referenced by the YouTube account and began tweeting on 23 August.

What to Expect

Preceding 'Operation F*** GCSB' appears to have related to a single attack on the GCSB website. It is unclear whether Operation Kiwi Freedom similarly relates to a single upcoming action, series of actions, or an ongoing campaign. The language used in the statement may suggest the latter, though 'Operation Kiwi Freedom' might refer only to the next action in a planned campaign.

 

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