Academic researching China burgled

There may be a couple of coincidences here, but this does deserve some scrutiny.

NZ Herald:  NZ academic who made headlines researching China’s influence links break-ins to her work

A New Zealand academic who made international waves researching China’s international influence campaigns has linked a number of recent break-ins to her work.

University of Canterbury professor Anne-Marie Brady, speaking today from Christchurch to the Australian Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee in Canberra, outlined three recent events which caused her concern.

“I had a break-in in my office last December. I received a warning letter, this week, that I was about to attacked. And yesterday I had a break-in at my house,” she said.

She said this weeks’ burglary at her Upper Riccarton home was particularly suspicious.

“I had three laptops – including one used for work – stolen. And phones. [Other] valuables weren’t taken. Police are now investigating that.”

Brady also said her employer at Canterbury University had been pressured following earlier work on China’s Antarctic policy and – following a recent visit to China – sources she had talked to were subjected to visits from authorities.

“People I’ve associated with in China, just last year, were questioned by the Chinese Ministry of State Security about their association with me.”

Her outspokenness became extremely public after she published in September a “Magic Weapons” paper using New Zealand as a case study in explaining China’s extra-state exertion of influence.

It looks like real cause for concern.

Contacted for comment, the police, citing complaint privacy, declined to answer questions about Brady’s break-ins.

Questions to the Security Intelligence Service were met with a statement from director Rebecca Kitteridge, who said: “I cannot comment on individual cases”.

Standard responses in the circumstances, but I hope they are having a good look at who might have been behind the thefts.

31 Comments

  1. Corky

     /  February 16, 2018

    There’s no proof who’s responsible for these transgressions…but it would be safe to assume it’s probably not local burglars Tom and Manu.

    This may be an example of what to expect when China becomes the worlds international sheriff. Roundy intransigence will not be tolerated.

    • Blazer

       /  February 16, 2018

      thanks…National.

      • sorethumb

         /  February 16, 2018

        It is the left who say It doesn’t matter who buys what. We must not see ethnic interest.

      • High Flying Duck

         /  February 16, 2018

        So Labour signing the free trade agreement and opening the borders was a little nothing in this?

        • Blazer

           /  February 16, 2018

          have a look at who is on the boards of China aligned companies….who is looking after Number One….

          • High Flying Duck

             /  February 16, 2018

            “Light is also shed on (Labour Party MP) Raymond Huo’s role in marketing new Labour leader Jacinda Arden’s fresh approach to the Chinese-speaking community in New Zealand:

            • Blazer

               /  February 16, 2018

              look at numbers..how many..not isolated anecdotes of people with Chinese sounding surnames.

            • High Flying Duck

               /  February 16, 2018

              So I should be looking at numbers…of anecdotes?
              What should surnames sound like?

          • Blazer

             /  February 16, 2018

            look at how many National Party stalwarts sit on boards that are involved in business with Chinese dominated …entities.

  2. PartisanZ

     /  February 16, 2018

    Play with any of the big bullies in the schoolyard and expect to have your lunch stolen …

    After the excesses of United States “intelligence” too numerous to mention, including a swathe on Aotearoa New Zealand soil, why would we be surprised our new ‘trading partner’ has both the motive and the means …?

    Just like immigration, allowances for “intelligence” operations are riders or conditions of commerce, albeit secret from the people …… unspoken, unwritten ‘Terms of Trade’.

    And, what’s more, in the low-wage, austerity welfare FIIRE economy generated by and supporting all this, there’s plenty of desperate people ready to do the dirty work of burglary and intimidation … for a non-taxable Mr C ASH payment … or perhaps some Meth in kind …

    Financially, of course – that is: leaving out the human beings – more of this, which we’ll assuredly get with TPP-11, is definitely a really ‘GOOD’ thing …

    • Corky

       /  February 16, 2018

      ‘After the excesses of United States “intelligence” too numerous to mention, including a swathe on Aotearoa New Zealand soil, why would we be surprised our new ‘trading partner’ has both the motive and the means ”

      It’s about family. Parti. America, historically, militarily and economically has been associated with us for a long time. With family, you take the good with the bad. There’s a certain compatibility that overrides bumps in our relationship.

      Unfortunately China is not family. And they don’t want to be our family. They expect Chinese New Zealanders to hold allegiance to the motherland first. This isn’t rocket science, but for us it is.

      • PartisanZ

         /  February 16, 2018

        Our 30+ year ‘kow-tow’ trade grovelling seduction with China involving import, export, legal and illegal immigration, ingratiation, vice, gambling and drugs can’t possibly be viewed as anything other than courting them as ‘family’ … to the extent and depth that ‘family’ runs in any terms-of-trade negotiations … which happens to be absolute ZERO …

        FFS, if it had anything to do with family we’d still be Britain’s South-Sea Islands’ ‘protein farm’ … with masses of saturated fat attached … and, as Chris Trotter points out … rivers of the blood of our young men …

        You’re talking about ‘race’ …

        • PartisanZ

           /  February 16, 2018

          It’s the economy you Righties wanted …

          So you sold your souls, your neighbours, neighbourhoods and the Kiwi way-of-life to get it. For ‘globalization’ …

          Don’t fucken complain now … just because you failed to see ‘diversity’ coming …

        • Corky

           /  February 16, 2018

          Forgive me, Parti. Next time I will be literal.

          • PartisanZ

             /  February 16, 2018

            I don’t think you’re capable of it …. Litroll* perhaps … ?

            * new word # 143

    • PartisanZ

       /  February 16, 2018

      How anyone can read that and remain a Rightie defies explanation …

      • Trevors_elbow

         /  February 16, 2018

        Because our brains are intact….

      • Gezza

         /  February 16, 2018

        They can remain a Rightie & become committed to shifting more trade to places other than China. The problem they have in moving Left is the Left signed the FTA & perceives concerns about Chinese immigration & caution about their political influence as a race issue, not a potential national security, economic & China-aligned colonisation threat?

        • PartisanZ

           /  February 16, 2018

          ” … remain a Rightie & become committed to shifting more trade to places other than China” is an absolutely perfect description of the real rationale for TPP … Excluding China …

          Meantime however, “RCEP negotiations were formally launched in November 2012 at the ASEAN Summit in Cambodia.”

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regional_Comprehensive_Economic_Partnership

          “Family” ………….. Yeah, Right ……….

    • PDB

       /  February 16, 2018

      Trotter usually writes well even if his conclusions are generally nonsense, but that piece is nonsense from start to finish.

      I can’t decide if it is satire, racist nonsense or delusional (how are this govt ‘fixing’ the so-called ‘Chinese-problem’ that Labour supposedly created?

      What definitely is delusional is this statement by PZ: “How anyone can read that and remain a Rightie defies explanation …” About a post by Trotter blaming Labour for turning us into an ‘Asian country’ (not to mention Labour also signed the China-NZ trade deal) & then with no detail at all saying the new govt is doing what exactly? Signing the TPPA? Reducing the amount of immigrants they said they were going to ban during the election campaign? ‘Ban’ foreign buyers whilst not actually doing that?

      • PartisanZ

         /  February 16, 2018

        It’s so incredibly simple PDB and trevors_elbow et al …

        That Fourth Labour government were mostly Righties, especially Rogered and Co …

        Proof – You admire him don’t you?

        Hence the well-known breakup within Labour described in the article …

        Your description of your own brain has one too many ‘T’s in it trevors_elbow … and should have an ‘ive’ on the end …

        • PDB

           /  February 16, 2018

          So the Helen Clark govt signed our ‘sovereignty’ away to the Chinese with the China-NZ trade deal because they were all……..righties? Has anybody told Helen yet?

          • PartisanZ

             /  February 16, 2018

            Essentially … yes. Helen doesn’t need to be told. She’s lived the lie.

            From the Fifth Labour government onwards, through Fifth National government to today’s Labour-led coalition, ‘Left’ and ‘Right’ do not apply to any Party across-the-board. It’s become a jumbled amalgam because the fundamental neoliberal ideology is now well entrenched, including being embedded in law …

            Red, Blue [Yellow, Green & Black] all occupy the New-Right ‘Centre’, way to the Right of the old Centre, with Labour ever-so-slightly more Left leaning than National …

            In other words National’s austerity social welfare is slightly more viciously austere and blatantly punitive than Labour’s ….

            Both ‘colours’ of government are now little more than managers of the economy on behalf of corporate ruling elites …

            Boom times under Helen Clark revolved around essentially the same non-productive FIIRE economy practices … selling NZ by the hectare or part thereof … escalating property values … increasing inequality … exporting a reduced range of increasingly raw, unprocessed commodities … et al ad infinitum …

  3. Maggy Wassilieff

     /  February 16, 2018

    Who on earth would send a warning letter before they did a break-in?

    • Gezza

       /  February 16, 2018

      Intimidation. We don’t know what the warning letter said. If she had a break-in it seems it wasn’t sufficiently preicise for police or DPS to put a watch on her house in Riccarton.

  4. Alan Wilkinson

     /  February 16, 2018

    We are well placed to maintain independence from the big powers who will always try to exert pressure in their own interests overtly and covertly. Obviously our security services and police should be onto these kinds of interventions but historically it has sometimes been the ordinary citizens whose vigilance is critical. Hopefully the parliamentary oversight of the professionals will be also doing its job.

    • Corky

       /  February 16, 2018

      Like the forestry workers who reported some of the French agents associated with the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior. When forestry workers think you are acting dodgy, it really is time to return to spy school.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  February 16, 2018

        People from populated countries think you can hide in our countryside. Nothing is further from the truth. Country folk know everyone and everything in the place and immediately notice any intrusion or change. Had a case up here a few years ago when a couple on the run came into one of our shops where someone recognised them and called the cops who chased them down the back road and caught them.

    • Blazer

       /  February 16, 2018

      yeah right…keystroke,5 eyes,spies in Parliament,…you have N.F.I….Al.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  February 16, 2018

        Fortunately I don’t have any of your stupid ideas, B. Very happy about that.