Judith Collins is going to the US and isn’t going to raise the Dotcom case we are told. I’ll bet the US Justice Department is though.
Read this snippet from the Hollywood Reporter interviewing Senator Dodd, who raised the issue with John Key when he was in Hollywood “in passing” – yeah right.
THR: Just as SOPA was falling apart, U.S. and New Zealand authorities arrested Kim Dotcom, the flamboyant mastermind behind Megaupload, one of the world’s biggest downloading sites. Did the timing strike you as odd?
Dodd: It seemed a little too coincidental. I take my daughters to school every morning, and I was in the playground one day and this woman comes up to me and says: “I just want to say hello. I work at the Justice Department, and I’ve been involved in this Megaupload case for the past several years.” And I said: “That’s interesting. Let me ask you something: Why did this guy get arrested at this particular time?” She said: “Oh, we’ve known about the date for the last year because it was his birthday. It was a big party, and we knew all the assets would be there.”
So the US Justice Department has been working on the Dotcom case for several years, and had known for a year that the day to arrest Dotcom would be his birthday. Who told them? – presumably GCSB. They certainly told Grant Wormald of New Zealand Police that that would be the day to do it, as reported at the time in the Herald.
Detective Inspector Grant Wormald, of the Organised & Financial Crime Agency New Zealand, said the planning of the raid was timed around Dotcom’s 38th birthday celebrations, intended for yesterday.
“Intelligence had told us that when he has a birthday party most of the people who were indicted (in the US) would be at his party.”
So it looks as though GCSB had been working with the US authorities for over a year, monitoring Dotcom’s activities.This is a big issue for the US, make no bones about it.
I don’t think Key was in Hollywood in search of New Zealand jobs. I think he was summoned to explain why New Zealand was making such a botch up of what the US wants. Now he’s in the gun, Judith gets the call to see if she can sort it for them?