Kim Dotcom has ruled out the unlikely prospect that his
Internet Party could work with National, a move that rekindles
the prospect of an alliance with Hone Harawira's Mana Party.
Mr Dotcom launched the online membership drive for his party
this afternoon under the cloud of claims his ownership of a
rare copy of Hitler's book Mein Kampf is evidence of Nazi
Speaking to the Herald, Mr Dotcom said: 'I've said before
that I can work with anybody but I have to tell you that
after this recent disgusting smear campaign which obviously
originates out of the National Party leadership camp, I'm not
going to work with National.
"Everybody knows where it's coming from. It's no secret."
After some initial discussions between the Internet Party and
Mana, Mr Harawira said this week Mana could not work with the
Internet Party unless Mr Dotcom committed to ousting the
Asked whether the electorate MP he claimed he had a
commitment to the Internet Party from was Mr Harawira, Mr
Dotcom said he didn't want to comment "because I have a
confidentiality agreement and I don't want to give any hints
whatsoever, but it isn't Hone".
Mr Dotcom also addressed issues around hundreds of thousand
of dollars owed to former staff and contractors by the
company that associated with his Coatesville home.
He said he had now paid all of them.
"There is an accountancy firm Cleaver Richards, they've
received $600,000 to settle all creditors. Yesterday 50 of
them have been paid. The accountancy firm is still waiting
for some of the creditors to send back confirmation of the
settlement amount. I owe them nothing and the remaining
creditors will be paid."
He wouldn't comment on whether he considered selling his
valuable signed first edition of Mein Kampf to settle those
"I don't want go into that, that is not a good question."
Meanwhile, the membership drive launch also saw the Internet
Party release some high level policy. Apart from the
previously indicated emphasis on cheaper faster internet, the
party also wants to see the introduction of a government
sponsored digital currency.
Party chief executive Vikram Kumar told the Herald the party
also wanted to see a fundamental change in New Zealand's
intelligence and surveillance regime, including a withdrawal
from the US led "five yes" intelligence sharing network.
- By Adam Bennett of the NZ Herald