The cables, which link New Zealand to Australia, the Pacific and the United States, are untouched, Briscoe claims.
“I can tell you quite categorically there is no facility by the NSA, the GCSB or anyone else on the Southern Cross cable network,” he adds.
“Let’s be quite blunt. To do this, we would have to take the cable out of service and I can assure you there’s no way we are going to do that.
“It is a physical impossibility to do it without us knowing.