An EXCLUSIVE interview with the NZ Herald.  Who could have predicted that?   It seems their contract with Dotcom still hasn’t run out, although David “Tainted” Fisher isn’t anywhere near it lest it make him look like a flip floppy idiot.

Embattled internet tycoon Kim Dotcom says he is now considered a pariah and is looking to quit New Zealand.

He said he was renewing his offer to the Department of Justice to voluntarily travel to the US for his trial. But this was on the condition he was given bail and that assets seized in the 2012 Dotcom mansion raid are returned to him.

Dotcom was at a loss to explain why the tide of public opinion had turned so harshly against him.

“It’s turned into something very ugly,” he said. “Now I am a pariah.

“The funny thing is I haven’t changed and I don’t think I’ve done anything wrong. I’m still the same guy who only a matter of months ago people were cheering for.”

I can help with that Kim.  You are are indeed the same guy as before.  What changed is that the people who were cheering wised up and learned about your attempts to undermine the legal election by funding parts of a criminal conspiracy.   As dumb Kiwi farmers don’t take lightly to someone who doesn’t play with a straight bat. (look it up, you dumb “mogul”)   

The Mega mogul, who last year separated from wife Mona, said the negativity was making life too difficult to stay.

“What’s the problem with me having bail then I’m out of here.

“The Prime Minister will forget about me, New Zealanders will forget about me and I will be gone.”

He said he was sure he and his estranged wife, who currently lives in an adjacent home on his expansive Coatesville compound, could come to an arrangement that meant he was in constant contact with his five children.

“I’m sure Mona would go to the US with the kids.”

Dotcom, who founded the Internet Party, which then forged a controversial and ultimately disastrous alliance with Hone Harawira’s Mana Party, said his political intentions were “pure”.

The reason you want to get out of New Zealand is because you know that unless you go elsewhere, you’ll be donkey deep in a whole new set of legal problems.

But despite the public reaction he said he had no regrets about merging with Mana, saying it allowed him to experience Maori culture and hospitality.

“I will always be grateful to Hone and his people for teaching me humility,” he said.

You met a few radicalised Maori who saw you as a vehicle to “stick it to the man”.   When you failed to deliver, you’ve become as useless as the rest of imported Pakeha.  Worse, Maori radicals and activists lost instant interest when your bank account was empty and the lolly scramble ended.

One thing that does make me scratch my head is your clear intent to leave the country.   You have confirmed you are now a flight risk.  I suspect they’ll take that into account.


– Lynley Bilbey, NZ Herald

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