Edward Snowden has dismissed as "false" the New Zealand prime minister’s claims of no mass surveillance in the country, media reports said.
The whistleblower says he regularly "came across communications of New Zealanders," when he worked as the National Security Agency analyst, RT reported.
"New Zealand’s Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) has performed mass spying, despite denials by the nation’s Prime Minister, John Key, the former," NSA contractor says in his article, issued on Monday by the Intercept.
"Let me be clear: any statement that mass surveillance is not performed in New Zealand, or that the internet communications are not comprehensively intercepted and monitored, or that this is not intentionally and actively abetted by the GCSB, is categorically false. If you live in New Zealand, you are being watched," Snowden wrote.
The revelation comes shortly after US journalist Glenn Greenwald claimed there was proof of mass snooping being carried out in New Zealand among the NSA files, Snowden leaked.