A spokesman for Prime Minister Bill English
Secret agents from one of the most powerful spy agencies in the world may have just touched down in the capital.
What looks to be just another private jet parked at Wellington Airport may in fact be carrying a plane-load of spies who are said to be in the country for a secret meeting in Queenstown.
The tail number – five small, black digits on the back of the plane – reveals the private jet belongs to none other than the United States’ Central Intelligence Agency, also known as the CIA.
The plane, with the registration number 10030, was spotted at Wellington Airport on Saturday morning, NewsHub reports.
The aircraft’s arrival ties in with an event in Queenstown, where a top-secret meeting of the Five Eyes nations is being held.
Five Eyes is the name of the global spying alliance of the US, the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Officials from the world’s largest spy network are meeting in Arrowtown, near Queenstown, where a massive security operation is underway.
Government officials are refusing to confirm details or provide names, but police confirmed no former head of state would be visiting, after the rumour mill tipped the visitor could be Barack Obama, with Microsoft founder Bill Gates’ name also put into the mix.