The following appeared in the Letters to the Editor column of the New Zealand Herald (a large daily paper) in response to a pro-crypto article "Vital business in cryptography being denied to Kiwi experts" which had appeared the week before. Unfortunately the original was edited and some parts were removed, which gave MFAT the chance to leap in with their usual "terrorists and criminals" line. I've quoted two relevant sentences from the article here under fair use

Control obligation


The requirement to screen exports of strong (highly scrambled) cryptography under the Wassenaar Arrangement is intended to prevent systems being used for terrorist and criminal activities. If we are satisfied with the bona fides of the end user there is no restriction on exports.


Bruce Middleton

International security division,

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.