CIA jet has touched down in Queenstown

FBI director James Comey has arrived in Queenstown for a top-secret spy conference.

Mr Comey, wearing sunglasses, a light blue shirt and chino pants, arrived on an FBI chartered Gulfstream Aerospace.

Mr Comey was last in New Zealand in March 2016, when he met with Minister for the Government Communications and Security Bureau and Security Intelligence Service Chris Finlayson and Police Commissioner Mike Bush.

Before Mr Comey’s arrival, a CIA jet touched down on the tarmac at Queenstown Airport.

And, just like a scene out of an action flick, two security personnel stood guard as a number of men and women in suits exited the plane before being quickly ushered along the tarmac into waiting vehicles.

A quick Google search of the registration number on the white, Gulfstream Aerospace’s tail revealed United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) owns the jet.

The Gulfstream has joined a second private jet at the airport, acting as added confirmation that the “Government conference” set to play out at luxury Millbrook Resort in Arrowtown in the coming week, is a meeting of spying network Five Eyes – the global alliance of the US, the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

A fleet of undercover police cars and a security vehicle drove onto the tarmac ahead of the jet arriving.

FBI director James Comey has arrived in Queenstown. Photo: Craig Baxter
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