Kim Dotcomâ€™s simultaneous glorification of hacking and slamming of state surveillance is blatant hypocrisy
So goes the subheading on a superb Listener editorial:
He has cleverly presented himself and the Internet Mana coalition as appealingly subversive â€“ the sexiest place for young people wanting to shake up mainstream politicians. Beyond this, however, the platform is incoherent.
On what planet is it noble and ethical to deplore surveillance of private individuals by the state for security purposes, while at the same time glorifying the hacking of private individualsâ€™ information by those with personal agendas, such as him?
On what planet would you then be part of a criminal conspiracy to hack a private citizen’s emails and have a very select few published in a book, leaked over the Internet and fed to the media?
Dotcomâ€™s bragging of having hacked into Helmut Kohlâ€™s financial rating and changing it because he didnâ€™t like the then German Prime Minister caused the media coverage of IMâ€™s campaign opening to degenerate into farce. The media was entirely right to ask questions about his personal ethics regarding the burgling of peopleâ€™s private online information. The clear implication of Dotcomâ€™s having boasted from the campaign launch stage about hacking Kohl is that he still regards it as pretty clever.
At the same time, he will later this month be wheeling up heavyweight anti-state-surveillance campaigners Glenn Greenwald and, by video link from abroad, Julian Assange, to ballast his own credibility. Hypocrisy abounds in any campaign, but this is the most blatant example this election.
But it will work. Â You know why? Â Because the media will lap it up. Â There will be no filtering this through any kind of decency, or best-interest for the country kind of way. Â The media love a circus, and Kim Dotcom is bringing the clowns. Â Read more »