Dotcom versus Key – bomb or fizzer?

Kim Dotcom is promising to reveal information that will prove John Key knew of him prior to the raid and his arrest in an attention seeking ‘event’ at the Auckland town hall the Monday before the election.

NZ Herald reports Dotcom promises election eve political bombshell:

Kim Dotcom has announced he plans to drop a political bombshell five days before the general election which he says will prove the Prime Minister has been lying about when he first knew about the German internet tycoon.

Dotcom made the announcement yesterday to 3News on the first day of the internet Mana party’s road trip campaign.

“On September 15, I’m doing a Town Hall event in Auckland and I invite everyone to come there because that is going to be the day when I’m going to reveal my evidence… evidence around the political interference and my evidence that John Key lied,” Dotcom said.

The proposed timing of his ‘revelation’ is suspicious, especially after Dotcom had previously claimed he wouldn’t reveal his evidence until his court case (which now won’t be until next year).

There’s been a lot of scepticism about this, with people presuming that if he had the nail for John Key’s political coffin he’d have produced it by now.

Dotcom has offered a $95 million bounty for information that nails Government complicity with the US. And he was asking questions via the media earlier this week – if he has the clinching evidence they were questions he should know the answer to.

The conspiracy theories are the least likely explanations. There’s a number of more likely possibilities including:

  • SIS didn’t think their interest in Dotcom was important enough to advise Key and likewise Jonathan Coleman.
  • Key is using semantics eg he hadn’t heard of ‘Kim Dotcom’ but had heard of ‘Kim Schmitz’ or of ‘a German being investigated’.
  • Key knew of Dotcom but is bound by secrecy (his SIS responsibilities) not to reveal it. It’s possible SIS were investigating Dotcom for a different currently un-revealed reason.

The Dotcom bomb is at least as likely to be a fizzer than a finisher, and could blow up in Dotcom’s face if his ‘event’ comes off half cocked. There’s already a lot of annoyance at him seemingly cynically trying to finance political payback.

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  1. The last option Secrecy Law plus the different name is what I’m thinking


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