Kim Dotcom

Fatty’s latest scheme flops at launch

Fatty Boomsticks has run to his favourite tame reporter to spin the failure of his latest venture.

David “Anal” Fisher tries his best but the stench of failure is emanating from Dotcom’s fat arse.

Kim Dotcom’s launch of his latest venture has hit a last-minute problem, aborting its launch on the fifth anniversary of the FBI-inspired raid which saw the entrepreneur arrested.

The reason for the stall is unknown but it came with less than 90 minutes before it was due to launch.

Dotcom had forecast the new online storage and payment system would be worth billions of dollars.

But after forecasting the imminent launch about 5am today, Dotcom posted to Twitter: ‘Sorry but there has been an expected hiccup. Will tell you all about it later today. Let this play out and give me some time to update you.’

…When the Herald asked early afternoon, Dotcom emailed to say: ‘We hit a roadblock today…

‘We are working on it and I can’t comment on what happened yet.

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Déjà vu: NZ Journalist, criminal hack, wikileaks and Kim Dotcom

Here we go again. Is this the new normal for politics? I guess it is. This time round instead of hacking Whaleoil, Rawshark 2.0 has gone directly after the National Government. No doubt emboldened by the fact that Rawshark has never been brought to justice they have allegedly stolen 2 terabytes of information. The only difference this time round is that the journalist (who once again is linked to Kim Dotcom) is not writing a book with the stolen information but is allegedly running away to Russia to claim asylum while the stolen information apparently is destined for Wikileaks.

Is this a Martyn Bradbury drug induced fantasy? Is the journalist in question really that afraid or even a journalist? Suzie Dawson? Never heard of her. Our sources say she was a member of Occupy and a prolific tweeter during Dirty Politics. Even Martyn Bradbury calls her a blogger rather than a journalist. At one stage she took up a friendship with fraudster Ben Rachinger who December last year pleaded guilty to obtaining by deception and who is now awaiting sentencing. Ben Rachinger you may remember is the young man who approached Whaleoil offering to help us catch Rawshark after we were hacked.We were so taken in by him that we asked him to assist the New Zealand Police with their enquiries.

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Laila Harré rejoins Labour, putting the dirty politics crew back together

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Labour is putting their dirty politics crew back together with Laila Harré announcing she is rejoining Labour and seeking nominations.

Rumours have been flying around for days and earlier yesterday we put it out there.

It was no surprise then that Andrea Vance, one of Nicky Hager’s go to media peeps, suddenly had an exclusive:

After 30 odd years, Laila Harre has re-joined the Labour Party – and she wants to be a Labour candidate at next year’s election.

“It’s been a while. It’s really great to be back,” says Ms Harre, who first joined Labour in 1982 at the tender age of 15.

It has been a varied, roller-coaster ride of a political career since then.   Read more »

So bloody what? Media party jumps shark in attacking Brethren

Bevan Hurley has jumped the shark this morning, and his former pals at the NZ Herald joined in too, in attacking the Brethren for daring to have Steve Hansen and Willie Apiata speak at one fo their conferences.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen and Victoria Cross winner Willie Apiata were among top-dollar guest speakers at a controversial $2000-a-day Exclusive Brethren business conference this week.

Hansen told more than 2200 guests about the values of teamwork at the event, named “Game Plan 2016” and held at Auckland’s Vector Arena. The event was organised through an Exclusive Brethren-run business network called the Universal Business Team (UBT) – an expert on the closed and conservative church called the speakers’ involvement “unprecedented”.

The Exclusive Brethren came to prominence in New Zealand in 2005 for secretly trying to influence voters to support the National Party, with an expensive attack campaign against the Greens and Labour. National leader Don Brash resigned from Parliament in 2006 following revelations of his close links with the Brethren, who reportedly spent $1.2m trying to buy the result of the 2005 general election.

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Kim Dotcom has got a plan so cunning you could pin a tail on it and call it a weasel

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Stop the Press, Kim Dotcom has a cunning plan to change the government. He will use exactly the same tactics but this time, he will spend a lot less.

 

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Kim Dotcom uses the Sharia Law defence

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Kim Dotcom has never been a critic of Islam or Islamic nations but this tweet is designed to elicit sympathy and emotion for his situation so he unashamedly makes the comparison.

The first point I will make to challenge his clever comparison is to ask where did the ” affair ” occur? If it occurred in New Zealand then no law has actually been broken even if he is a Saudi Arabian citizen. Did Kim Dotcom run the first Mega from New Zealand? Did he do all the things he ” allegedly ” did from his home at the Dotcom Mansion?

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Listen up fatty, give up already, you’re going sooner or later

Kim Dotcom thinks he’s winning. But the Crown had a message for him yesterday:

Evidence that Kim Dotcom was not allowed to present at his extradition hearing would not have helped his case anyway, the Crown says.

Mr Dotcom and his three co-accused – Bram Van der Kolk, Matthias Ortmann and Finn Batato – are appealing a North Shore District Court judgement ruling them eligible for extradition to the United States.

The US wants to extradite the men to face criminal charges of money-laundering and copyright breaches related to the defunct file-sharing website Megaupload.

At the beginning of the appeal, which is taking place in the High Court in Auckland, the men’s defence lawyers said the district court judge failed to keep an open mind and give meaningful consideration to their arguments against extradition.

Mr Van der Kolk and Mr Ortmann’s lawyer, Grant Illingworth, told the High Court that, crucially, the court had not let the men present evidence of unlawful US behaviour.

“[That includes] a massive search and seizure, manufacturing a situation of urgency in order to get procedural shortcuts … covering up the unlawful activities that preceded the [arrests], downstream attempts to cover that up including a police officer giving incorrect information to this court, [and] unlawfully sending clones of hard drives overseas.”

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Amanda Banks gets apology, John Banks gets $0.00

It’s not often that you should feel genuinely outraged these days.  The word is overused.  But in this matter,  outrage is the only reasonable emotion.

John Banks’ $190,000 High Court costs bid following his acquittal of filing a false electoral return has been dismissed.

Last week, the former National cabinet minister and ACT MP’s lawyer, David Jones, QC, said it was difficult to imagine a “more worthy” applicant for court costs than the victim of “fabricated evidence.”

Mr Banks was seeking costs after the Court of Appeal last year acquitted him and ruled he should not be retried.

The Crown opposed the costs application, arguing there was no evidence that suggested what was being said by Kim Dotcom in the case arguing Mr Banks had filed a false electoral return when he was Auckland City mayor was fabricated, and the case “had to go to trial.”

Mr Banks was convicted on that charge but it was overturned by the Court of Appeal after Mr Bank’s wife, Amanda, tracked down two witnesses who had been present at a lunch held by Mr Dotcom and about which he had testified.

Mrs Banks did that after her original evidence was criticised during the High Court case.

Justice Ed Wylie last week publicly apologised to Mrs Banks after earlier questioning her credibility but in a decision today declined Mr Banks’ costs application.

It is very hard to put in words how this makes me feel.   How can you be wrong enough to apologise,  but not wrong enough to make restitution for a fine that was applied because of it?  Read more »

BREAKING: Judge apologises to Amanda Banks for getting it all wrong [UPDATED]

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John and Amanda Banks are in court today and have just heard Judge Wylie apologise for having been taken in by the Dotcom show. Had he known then what he knows now, he said, we wouldn’t have been in this mess in the first place.

There is no live reporting from the court, but Whaleoil expects to have more detail for you later.

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John and Amanda Banks have returned to court today to make a submission.  Their counsel, David Jones, presented a painful summary of facts outlining a raft of errors and assumptions that ultimately led to John Banks being found guilty of something he never did. Read more »

SMH late to cotton on that Kim Dotcom hasn’t been doing nothing

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Kim Dotcom is a braggart, he likes to give hints about his “capabilities”.

The problem is his one capability he actually excels at is stuffing food into his gob.

However the SMH has picked up something our readers picked some time ago.

Did Kim Dotcom warn the world the Democratic Party hacking was coming?

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom said in 2015 that he knew of information that was going to create an obstacle for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential election bid.

Kim had tweeted that he would be Hillary’s “worst nightmare in 2016”. When pressed on the matter in a 2015 interview, he said WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange would in fact prove a bigger thorn in the side of Hillary: “I’m aware of some of the things that are going to be roadblocks for her.”

Assange “has access to information”, Kim said, without elaborating.   Read more »