Written By: - Date published: 2:57 pm, September 15th, 2014 - 140 comments
Categories: brand key, democracy under attack, election 2014, telecommunications, us politics, workers' rights - Tags: cameron slater
The story is out that Dotcom’s evidence for tonight is an email. The NZ Herald reports:
“Alleged email from Hollywood exec claims PM in on plan to extradite Dotcom”
– Purported email is the evidence Kim Dotcom plans to reveal tonight
– Said to be written by Warner Bros CEO at time of Hobbit negotiations
– PM allegedly in on plan to have Dotcom extradited to US
– Key and Warner Bros yet to respond to claims
It is the evidence which Dotcom is planning on producing at the Moment of Truth event tonight.
It is also contrary to every assurance the Prime Minister has ever given about his knowledge of Dotcom.
The source of the email is shrouded in mystery and there are likely to be arguments over its authenticity.
Calls from the Herald to Warner Bros, the MPAA and the Prime Minister have yet to bring a response.
I look forward to the latest shift by John Key in the story he’s telling. here is the content of the email referred to in the above article:
The claimed email reads: “We had a really good meeting with the Prime Minister. He’s a fan and we’re getting what we came for. Your groundwork in New Zealand is paying off. I see strong support for our anti-piracy effort.
“John Key told me in private that they are granting Dotcom residency despite pushback from officials about his criminal past. His AG will do everything in his power to assist us with our case. VIP treatment and then a one-way ticket to Virginia.
“This is a game changer. The DOJ is against the Hong Kong option. No confidence in the Chinese. Great job.”
It is dated the day before the decision to grant Dotcom residency on October 28.
Russell Brown Tweet with a copy of the email:
The email. pic.twitter.com/jWGY6KVXgq
— Russell Brown (@publicaddress) September 15, 2014
The email also is interesting in the light of the timing of John Key leading a law change, undermining the rights of NZ workers, in the interests of Warner Brothers.
Waiting for Key’s response with interest.
Update: Helen Kelly has just tweeted:
The PM must also release all withheld documents on the Hobbit deal to reassure public he did not lie to NZ workers pic.twitter.com/pHbg0Zauy6
— Helen Kelly (@helenkellyCTU) September 15, 2014
And here is an article by Gordon Campbell, written in July 2014, about a related email trail discussed in the Dotcom court case. He supports the argument that Dotcom was granted residency in NZ in order to deliver him up for extradiction to the US.
The NZ Herald has now updated the above article, with a counter claim that the email is fake:
However, Warner Bros told the Herald the email was a fake. Paul McGuire, the movie studio’s senior vice president for worldwide communications, told the Herald: “Kevin Tsujihara did not write or send the alleged email, and he never had any such conversation with Prime Minister Key.”
Update (r0b): Who was applying the “political pressure”?
lprent: Cameron Slater is purporting to know what he is talking about with this email. All he has managed to prove is that he is technically an idiot.
In one part of his “proof” he is saying that this image of the email
Does not conform with what an email text looks. The problem is that compares it with the internal format of an email header, a format known as RFC822 and its various subsequent modifications. That stipulates that the timezone and or offset from universal time is specified.
The problem for the poor deluded fool is that the image is of a email displayed in an email reader. They don’t have to display it that way. They usually display in local time.
In this case that (from an offhand look and from memory) looks exactly like the command line email reader in unix.
I’d point out that I have been programming RFC822 readers since 1990.