Kim Dotcom says he has proof that Prime Minister John Key has
lied about not knowing who the Megaupload millionaire was
until just before the raid on his mansion.
But Dotcom says he will not reveal his evidence until he is
Dotcom told TV3's Q+A programme this morning that Mr Key knew
about the German-born millionaire living in New Zealand
before he was briefed on January 19 about the next day's
planned police raid on his mansion.
Mr Key has continually denied such claims, repeatedly saying
it was the first time he became aware of the Megaupload
"He is running around naked and telling everybody he has
clothes on,'' Dotcom told Q+A.
"Everyone can see he's naked. It doesn't make any sense.
"I know for a fact that John Key knew before January 19.
"It's going to be a topic in our court hearing so I don't
want to reveal too much.''
Dotcom is fighting extradition to the US where authorities
allege copyright, money laundering and fraud charges in
relation to his file-sharing website.
The Megaupload founder said there was "only one reason'' why
Mr Key would "not be upfront and honest''.
Dotcom claimed it showed there was political interference in
the investigation and proving that could "stop the whole
"If we can show that the government here has had an active
role in the magnitude of this whole case and had a proactive
role _ rather than a reactive role _ to impress the United
States government... it's a monster issue,'' Dotcom said.
Meanwhile, Dotcom said he was "hurt'' by ACT leader John
Banks when the politician declined to help get him a thicker
mattress for his prison cell after being arrested in January.
Dotcom said he considered Mr Banks "a friend'' and explained
to Q+A that he had been asked by the ACT leader to make his
infamous $50,000 donation in two cheques so that it would
Mr Banks said he could not help get a thicker mattress for Mr
Dotcom, who suffered "major back pain'' due to his "weight
and health problems''.
"If I call myself a friend of someone and that person gets
into trouble, I'd try to help.
"I would say [I was] hurt.''