Internet Party founder Kim Dotcom says his comments
yesterday about hacking the German Prime Minister's credit
rating had nothing to do with the hacking of the Whale Oil
Yesterday, Dotcom told the Internet Mana campaign launch that
as a 19-year-old he hacked the German credit rating system
because he wanted to ruin the German's Prime Minister's
credit rating, and hacked in to NASA to find out if aliens
On Radio New Zealand this morning, Dotcom said the story had
nothing to do with the hacking of Cameron Slater's Whale Oil
The Whale Oil hacking uncovered source material for Nicky
Hager's book Dirty Politics, which revealed an alleged dirty
tricks campaign by Prime Minister John Key's National
Dotcom said he had nothing to do with the hacking of Whale
Oil and was not behind an associated Whale Dump account.
"I told the story on the road trip the last six weeks, every
day, every night. And it's about me being a 19-year-old
hacker and at the time I hacked into the German credit rating
system ... and I put the credit rating of our German Prime
Minister at the time down to zero, and I said because I
didn't like the guy.
"And then I added that I also didn't like John Key. But it
was not in reference to the [Whale Oil] hacking. It was just
for my dislike of another politician."
Dotcom told Radio New Zealand he wanted to be "crystal clear"
about the Whale Oil allegations.
"I have nothing to do with the hacking of Whale Oil, I'm not
behind Whale Dump. I have issued a press release some days
ago about that and I can't believe that these allegations are
Dotcom sought to explain text messages posted to Slater's
right-wing Whale Oil blog. One of the messages between Dotcom
and his former security manager, Wayne Tempero, said: "I know
what's coming ... it's going to get ugly."
Dotcom said there was a "simple explanation".
"I know what's coming because I was going to take legal
action against Cameron Slater after he has written 200-plus
smear stories, character assassination, ... "
Dotcom said he had been preparing a case against Slater for
more than three months.
Dotcom: None of $5m bounty paid out
Dotcom said he had not paid out any of the $5 million reward
that he had offered for information to help in his legal case
against the United States government. The Mega founder is
facing extradition to the US on allegations of copyright
"That bounty ... has nothing to do with Cameron Slater or
Asked if he had a theory behind who had hacked Slater, Dotcom
said: "A theory? A hacker, I suppose."
Dotcom said he had planned to hire a private investigator to
look into Slater's business dealings, but said he did not go
ahead with it.
"At the time when I texted Wayne [Tempero], I knew that he
was a source of Slater's, that he has been providing him with
all kinds of information about my life.
"For example, he revealed to Slater the numerous meetings I
had with politicians at the mansion. So that's why I sent
that to him."
When approached this morning, Mr Tempero said he did not want
to comment on the allegations.
Dotcom said he had a meeting with a company that had
suggested surveillance of Slater, including taking
photographs and seeing who he was meeting.
"But then I thought about my own GCSB experience and I felt
very uncomfortable with the idea of doing that, so I just
didn't go ahead with it."
Dotcom said his legal team was monitoring the Whale Oil
"There are two junior lawyers that every day go there to see
what new defamation he is writing, and they have been
building the case. So that is what I was talking about."
Harre unhappy with press secretary's tirade
Press secretary Pam Corkery admitted today that she was upset
about her actions following the ugly spat outside the
Internet Mana Party's campaign launch in Auckland yesterday.
"I'm very embarrassed," she told the Herald this morning.
The former MP and broadcaster politely refused to comment
"I don't comment - I'm a press secretary. I don't care how
you angle it, I just don't do that (comment) and I'm very
Internet Party leader Laila Harre told Radio New Zealand this
morning she was not happy with how Corkery handled the media
Ms Corkery told reporters, who wanted to speak to the party
founder about his admissions of hacking, to "just piss off".
"We've talked about jobs today and people living in poverty.
You want to interview Kim, who did say no interviews, about a
19-year-old story," she said.
"You work in news you puffed up little s***."
Ms Harre told Radio NZ today that immediately after the
incident occurred, Ms Corkery apologised for "losing her
"After the incident that occurred, she immediately alerted me
to it, she apologised for losing her cool with the media pack
that had been pursuing her for some time in quite an
aggressive way for an interview with Kim Dotcom, which they
were aware wouldn't be given. And they were aware of that
before the event.
"No, she didn't handle things well, and she's very regretful
Ms Harre said it was disappointing that media who recorded
the scene had decided that was the story of the day.
"It followed an amazing event, over 500 people filling a
hall, and the release of our full employment policy. So it
was incredibly disappointing that the media chose to make
that the story rather than to cover the event itself."
Ms Harre told Newstalk ZB that media were well aware before
the event that Dotcom would not be giving interviews.
Ms Harre said she was not shocked to hear that Dotcom had
hacked the German Prime Minister's office, or that he had
affected his credit rating.
"That wouldn't have been news to anybody who has come to our
roadshow events. Kim has told the story of his 19-year-old
hacking exploits ... The reason that he tells this story is
because the outcome of it was that the judge told him to put
his skills to better use."
This resulted in him applying for funds from the German
government to start his first successful business, she told
"The point of the story is to show that it is possible with
good support from governments to start new internet-based
She denied claims that Dotcom was using the story as a way of
threatening Prime Minister John Key.
"No that wasn't a threat. As I say, the story has been told
at roadshow event after roadshow event.
"It wasn't a scoop for the media, and the point of the story
is to show when a government has available funds for
supporting innovation we can start great businesses and that
is one of our priorities as the Internet Party also."
Earlier today Dotcom tweeted Ms Corkery's response was
'unwise' and she was on her 'final final final warning' - a
tongue in cheek reference to Prime Minister John Key's
response to Judith Collins' reported actions in Nicky Hager's
Dirty Politics book.