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Prime Minister John Key says neither New Zealand's domestic and foreign spy agencies, the SIS and GCSB, have been involved in surveillance of journalist Jon Stephenson.

In an article written for Fairfax yesterday, investigative journalist Nicky Hager claimed members of the New Zealand Defence Force had copies of intercepted phone metadata from Stephenson.

Information exposing the spying was obtained by Hager from anonymous "sources".

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Acting Defence Force chief Major General Tim Keating and Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman have denied any surveillance of Stephenson occurred, including any request to a foreign organisation to gather the information on its behalf.

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