Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - Deb­bie Jamieson

It al­ways cracks me up that in­ter­na­tional spy agen­cies can be so, well, un­se­cre­tive.

Since the me­dia got wind last week that some­thing was planned at Mill­brook, the se­cu­rity pres­ence has been ob­vi­ous.

As I write this on Mon­day there are three large jets, one ap­par­ently reg­is­tered to the CIA, parked at Queen­stown Air­port as well as a larger jet em­bla­zoned with the words ‘‘United States of Amer­ica’’ and an Amer­i­can flag on the tail.

The last time I saw one of those here was in 2002 when the then FBI di­rec­tor held a meet­ing at Mill­brook with about 25 in­ter­na­tional agents. It was just about as se­cret.

There seems to be an idea that com­ing to Queen­stown makes you in­vis­i­ble from the rest of the world. We see it all the time with peo­ple elect­ing to ap­pear in court here in­stead of a city - and celebrity vis­its.

Clearly that is wrong but it does make Queen­stown quite an ex­cit­ing place to be a jour­nal­ist.

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