Prime Minister John Key says an accusation that he lied
about the extent of his knowledge of internet tycoon Kim Dotcom
is "just plain wrong".
Dotcom claims he has proof that Mr Key lied about not knowing
who the Megaupload millionaire was until just before the raid
on his Coatesville mansion on January 20.
"I know for a fact that John Key knew before January 19,"
Dotcom told TVNZ's Q+A programme yesterday.
Dotcom is fighting extradition to the US where authorities
allege copyright, money laundering and fraud charges in
relation to his Megaupload file-sharing website.
Speaking from Darwin on his way to Cambodia for the East Asia
Summit today, Mr Key said this was "just plain wrong".
"Firstly, he's saying that the Government is playing some
very, very active role outside of the extradition treaty
being invoked. I think that's completely fanciful and not
"Secondly, I've always said to the best of my recollection
the first I'd ever heard of the guy was the 19th of January.
I've seen nothing to conflict that view that the first I
heard of the guy was the 19th of January."
Mr Key said he had no doubt that Dotcom would continue to
make allegations against the Government.
"He will try and draw one and one together and he'll get
three as he has in the past. This is a guy who now has made
publicly quite a few statements that have proved to be
Dotcom said yesterday that Mr Key was "running around naked
and telling everybody he has clothes on".
"Everyone can see he's naked. It doesn't make any sense."
He said there was "only one reason" why Mr Key would "not be
upfront and honest".
It showed there was political interference in the
investigation and proving that could "stop the whole
extradition procedure", he said.
"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."