Unlike those who make up the barely distinguishable major parties of Labour and National, I am not a collectivist. Nowhere has this objectivity been more helpful than in observing the Kim Dotcom case.
The other night, and for the first time in a long time, I tuned into an episode of Campbell Live. On the web or course, I simply can’t endure FTA. It was the story about Key and Fletcher and the GCSB and Obama’s FBI. The story was heavily over-dramatised but did actually lay out a reasonably interesting scenario. The Key faction has been busy ridiculing the episode. The other left wingers don’t seem to know what to make of it. For the sake of those interested, I thought I might provide my view on what the program tried to say. Not saying this is true, but just trying to clarify the story Campbell told. (I’ll skip over the illegality of the spying prior to the actual raid, not because I don’t regard it as serious overreach by the Govt, but because it is not at this stage contested.)
Key was leaned on during a visit to Wellington by American Chief of Intelligence James Clapper who told him that Obama’s Hollywood donors were threatening to withhold funds unless something was done about file sharing. They wanted to get Kim Dotcom and make an example of him. To do this, the emphasis of NZ’s GCSB needed to change from a military perspective to a more civilian perspective. So then current head Lt General Jerry Mateparae was replaced by Ian Fletcher, who was picked by Key (and perhaps others) as he had the required commercial experience and skills to follow through on the expected file sharing case.
So meetings were held with Fletcher prior to his offical appointment to plan the raid on Kim Dotcom’s private residence. The raid (with 76 officers some of who were armed and two helicopters) was duly carried out. Fletcher then took up his role at the GCSB and proceeded with the legalities of prosecuting Kim Dotcom that were his recognised speciality.
So that, fact or fiction, is the basis of the Campbell program. If this is all true, its another nail in the coffin of John Key and the National Party’s credibility. Key has already been caught out by denials concerning what he knew of Fletcher’s appointment. If the above scenario is correct, it seriously undermines Key’s claim that he did not know of Kim Dotcom at all until a day before the raid.
Who knows if its true or not? One thing for sure, John Key has an exceptionally close relationship with golfing buddy Barack Hussein Obama. That could of course just be because they hit it off personally. It may not have any connection at all with the fact that both men also have close relationships with Hollywood moguls.