Exile in Russia named as Internet Party leader

This is bizarre. The exile is not Edward Snowden but it might as well be.

New leader announcement

The Internet Party has a new leader: Suzie Dawson. Ms Dawson will lead the Internet Party as it contests the 2017 New Zealand general election.

Suzie Dawson is an accomplished independent New Zealand journalist and activist. She specialises in writing about whistleblowers, intelligence agencies, and technology.

Suzie’s work has been repeatedly shared by WikiLeaks, recommended by Pulitzer Prize winner Glenn Greenwald, and published and referenced by a number of media organisations.

She has reported extensively and internationally, most notably in support of Julian Assange and Edward Snowden.

Kim Dotcom tried to use Greenwald, Snowden and Assange in his extravagant attempt to swing the 2014 election –  ‘Moment of Truth’: cheers, cringes, no bombshell

She was recently interviewed by US journalist, activist and Nobel Peace Prize-nominee David Swanson.

She currently resides in Moscow, Russia, where she has applied for temporary asylum due to severe persecution she reports being subjected to by those whose corruption she worked to expose. The story of her exile from New Zealand is told in her 2016 documentary ‘Diary of a Person of Interest‘. She is also the host of a new Web TV series about life in Russia called ‘Kiwi In Moscow‘.

Suzie was instrumental in major activism campaigns in New Zealand, including #GCSB, #TPPANoWay, #NZ4Gaza and the 2014 Internet Party campaign, during which she interviewed ex leader Hon. Laila Harré on a number of occasions.

Suzie says: “The Internet Party has the courage to challenge the powers that be and the innovative thinking needed to update democracy in New Zealand. That is why I am proud to represent it in the 2017 general election.”

It seems like a stunt using someone stuck in Russia to lead a party in this year’s New Zealand election campaign.

NZ Herald reports: Kim Dotcom’s Internet Party names exiled citizen journalist Suzie Dawson as leader

Kim Dotcom’s political venture, the Internet Party, has a new leader. But she may not be in New Zealand for the election – given she is living in self-imposed exile in Moscow.

That’s misleading. Dotcom created the party but is no longer involved – from Statement of solidarity (26 May 2017): “Early in 2017 Kim Dotcom tendered his resignation from the Executive Committee of Internet Party NZ, as publicly tweeted at the time. Likewise, he is not involved in the Campaign Committee for our 2017 campaign, or its operational decision-making. ”

Dawson claims she was severely harassed and her family threatened by the Government after reporting on the GCSB’s spying on New Zealanders, including Dotcom.

The 36-year-old, who has been involved in the Occupy New Zealand movement, has also been an outspoken supporter of Wikileaks and whistleblowers Julian Assange and Edward Snowden.

In an exclusive interview with the Weekend Herald, she said it came as a “huge surprise” when asked in January to consider the leadership position during a general election year.

“I had never considered entering politics. But the more I examined the idea, the clearer the synergies were.”

She said her IT management experience, media skills, and “first-person insight into politics and activism” meant she had the qualifications required.

“What finally sealed the deal for me was listening to what Laila Harre said in her first speech as Internet Party leader. She said, ‘If me standing here inspires younger people, especially women, to back themselves and their beliefs, then that will be my reward’.”

Harre has backed right off her beliefs in the Internet Party – in December 2016 Long-time activist Laila Harre returns to the Labour Party. She is not standing as a candidate this election.

“Exile is not a choice and although I seldom talk about the price that I have paid it has been incredibly high and not just paid by me.”

I’ve seen quite a bit about it online. She has claimed a number of things about the reasons for her self imposed exile. here is a press release from her from 8 November 2016: New Zealand Journalist Seeks Temporary Asylum In Russia

Ms Dawson may be one of the 88 New Zealand citizens who was illegally spied on by New Zealand’s Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) who effectively outsourced the spying to the National Security Agency (NSA), as proven by recent Edward Snowden disclosures published by TVNZ and The Intercept.

The targeting of Ms Dawson led to serious threats against and endangerment of her life and those of her children.

Ms Dawson says “Being directly targeted by agencies which are supposed to investigate terrorists, not journalists, has wreaked havoc upon myself and my family. It was made impossible for us to live safely in our home country. This has left me with no choice but to seek sanctuary and to appeal for assistance. I am grateful for the opportunity to apply for asylum and pray for a favourable outcome.”

Ms Dawson is in need of solidarity, international legal assistance and financial support. Well-wishers can donate or reach out through her website https://Suzi3D.com.

Her family requests privacy at this time. All media requests will be directed to the Family Spokesperson, Chris Yong, who can be contacted at media@Suzi3d.com

Chris Yong was an Internet Party candidate in 2014 and was placed at 5 on the Internet Mana party list. He still links himself to in his Twitter account profile.

The Internet Party website is virtually devoid of people’s names apart from “Authorised by Sarah Illingworth”. All contact details are generic. Illingworth is the contact on news items:

 Sarah Illingworth (Internet Party NZ Communications Director and Party Secretary)

Illingworth has her own website: https://sarahillingworth.com/

I am Communications Director for the Internet Party’s 2017 New Zealand general election campaign.


I’m a journalist, editor and communications consultant from Auckland, New Zealand (currently based in Manchester, UK).

So it appears that the Internet Party’s secretary and communications director is based in the UK, and the newly announced party leader is exiled in Russia.

Candidate eligibility  rules: The main grounds of disqualification for enrolment that could affect eligibility to be a candidate are

  • being a New Zealand citizen outside New Zealand who has not been in New Zealand within the last three years

It appears that Dawson has been in New Zealand within the last three years.

If anyone from the Internet Party could provide more details that would be helpful.


  1. artcroft

     /  June 17, 2017

    This is just desperate cry for attention. The media will love it.

  2. Martin/Martin twice enrolled has the gen from the time of her exile. Aren’t we lucky to have these saviours of the freemworld battling demagoguery.

    “I’ve known Suzie for about 3 or 4 years. She has attracted intense scrutiny and harassment from the NZ SIS and GCSB because of her proximity to senior members of Anonymous and Occupy. The harassment of her has been pretty extreme and exhausting and I suspect it has taken a toll on her and her young family. What must have been the straw that broke the camels back to seek asylum in Russia has been the allegation of a recent theft of 2 terabytes of information from the National Government.

    My understanding is that the Government Intelligence Agencies very much want those two terabytes of information back and are going to pretty extreme levels to keep a mainstream media blackout over it missing at all.

    My guess is that those intelligence agencies won’t get it back and that it’s going to explode on wikileaks.

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer pack of bastards.

    Kia kaha Suzie, remember the Russian’s play for keeps.”


    Her website


    • PDB

       /  June 17, 2017

      This comment she made on her website tells you all you should know about her: “NZ media stalwart Martyn ‘Bomber’ Bradbury has become the fifth person to step forward publicly to confirm that they knew I was being targeted by spy agencies in New Zealand”.

      Bradbury (did she mean ‘still a wart’?) knows about as much of the inner workings of the NZ spy agencies as he does about predicting election results.

    • Anonymous Coward

       /  June 17, 2017

      The first comment under that article is the girl herself saying she isn’t the one with the 2Tb of data.

    • Gezza

       /  June 17, 2017

      Not a good sign when the leader of a political organisation is its mole.

      • Gezza

         /  June 17, 2017

        On the plus side, hopefully with KDC out of the limelight there’ll be no more whoppers.

        • Anonymous Coward

           /  June 17, 2017

          Nearly everything that comes out the mouth of their new leader is a Whopper, so probably not.
          Though if she manages to get elected she may well end up the first MP to not get security clearance to enter the beehive.

    • PDB

       /  June 17, 2017

      Dawson: “I had the interior ceiling of my house painted and then little holes would appear in my ceiling, just randomly – it’s so sad – I used to go and stick chewing gum in them or pick-up-sticks – honest to God – because one day my ceiling has no holes in it then the next day there’s these little holes in it and I’m like ‘what the hell is going on?”


      • Gezza

         /  June 17, 2017

        Man, NZSIS are so bloody thick. You’d think after the first hole got wadded up with chuddy, they’d realise they’d been rumbled, and well before she finished up the whole pack & started on the pick-up-stix they should’ve twigged it was time to pop a camera-mic in the skirting boards, pictures & sundry trinkets. She obviously didn’t know about her microwave watching her either.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  June 17, 2017

          This sounds more as if she had a bad case of borer or a leaky roof.. Or is ever so slightly nutty,

          There’s a hole in the ceiling above this computer !!! Oh, I forgot, I once put a hook there.

          Didn’t she think of looking to see what was up there ?

  3. Kitty Catkin

     /  June 17, 2017

    It will probably get the wrong kind of attention.

  4. PDB

     /  June 17, 2017

    Suzie Dawson – Fantasist who (wanting to be just like her idol’s Assange etc) convinced herself that what she was doing was of such importance that the NZ spy agencies were out to get her, even kill her & her children, so she had to leave the country and seek asylum in Russia.

    In reality a non-descript, below average news hack, part-time ‘rent-an-activist’ with some major mental issues. Giving her any sort of exposure will likely only deepen her mental degradation. I feel sorry for her and her family.

  5. Patzcuaro

     /  June 17, 2017

    Don’t fancy her chances if she tries to expose corruption in the Russian government.

    • She adores the Russkis, she sought sanctuary and exile there. The country she hates is us – yes, we’re corrupt ( I.e. The NZ that’s lowest on the corruption scale of any country in world – that one!). I hope she stays over there and that KDC and Bradbury join her.

  6. Tell Mueller fgs – there’s a surprisingly prominent Russian component in all this.


    Please, someone do a Venn with the Kremlin in the middle !!!

  7. sorethumb

     /  June 17, 2017

    Someone should start a blog based on their paranoia -would be funny?

  8. Zedd

     /  June 17, 2017

    just what we need.. another radical, the more the merrier 🙂

    • Gezza

       /  June 17, 2017

      radical ˈradɪk(ə)l/
      1. (especially of change or action) relating to or affecting the fundamental nature of something; far-reaching or thorough.
      “a radical overhaul of the existing regulatory framework”
      synonyms: thoroughgoing, thorough, complete, total, entire, absolute, utter, comprehensive, exhaustive, root-and-branch, sweeping, far-reaching, wide-ranging, extensive, profound, drastic, severe, serious, major, desperate, stringent, violent, forceful, rigorous, draconian
      “radical reform is long overdue”

      2. characterised by departure from tradition; innovative or progressive.
      “the city is known for its radical approach to transport policy”

      1. a person who advocates thorough or complete political or social reform; a member of a political party or part of a party pursuing such aims.
      synonyms: revolutionary, progressive, reformer, revisionist; leftist, left-winger, socialist; militant, zealot, extremist, fanatic, diehard; informalultra, red; derogatory Bolshevik, Bolshevist
      “he was by no means a radical”

      2. CHEMISTRY
      a group of atoms behaving as a unit in a number of compounds.

      😧 ❗️ 😬

      Jesus !


      • Zedd

         /  June 17, 2017

        do you feel better now. gezza. for getting that clear/off your chest ?

  9. Blazer

     /  June 17, 2017

    not hard to believe the GCSB spied on this woman,not hard at all.

    • Gezza

       /  June 18, 2017

      The kinds of things you keep saying the evil Natz government & the dodgy security services have been getting up to, might pay for you to keep a packet of Juicy Fruit & some picku-up -sticks handy too.

  10. duperez

     /  June 17, 2017

    “… my work has gained the attention of some of the biggest names in journalism…”

    The whole thing smacks of a piece of performance art. Or one of those things someone does as a weird, crazy, ridiculous idea for a masters thesis.

    • Colin Craig and Cameron Slater gained the attention of some of the biggest names in New Zealand journalism (past tense), but both are unelectable.

      • Gezza

         /  June 18, 2017

        In terms of public attention these days, one of them’s also pretty much undetectable.

  11. Alan Wilkinson

     /  June 18, 2017

    The Internet Party needs to change its name or is “Raving Loonies Party” already taken?

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