Fiji's military commander, Brigadier-General Mosese Tikoitoga, says the military knew it was spied on by New Zealand.
He made the comment to the Fijilive website after last week's reports that New Zealand's electronic spy agency, the GCSB, engaged in mass collection of data from countries in the region, passing it on to the United States.
The reports say New Zealand spied on Fiji's military in the 2000 and 2006 coups.
Brigadier General Tikoitoga said whether it empowered them at the time, it has belittled them because they are now not seen around this area as being friendly as they said they were.
He maintains Fiji has nothing to hide.