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Key calls Dotcom's bluff

STACEY KIRK
Last updated 08:42 21/07/2014
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JOHN KEY: "It is a stunt, let's be honest. The guy has a bit of an attention-seeking personality, secondly he's running a political party."
KIM DOTCOM: Planned a full event around the release.

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If Kim Dotcom had any real dirt to change the election outcome he would make it public now, Prime Minister John Key says.

The Internet Party founder has been promising an "election bombshell" for months, and has now announced plans to release the information five days before the election.

Dotcom has planned a full event around the release, and has confirmed journalist Glenn Greenwald - who first broke the Edward Snowden spying leaks - would speak at the event.

That was provided Greenwald was allowed into the country.

"I don't know actually, it's a legitimate question but there's nothing we'd be concerned with there," Key said on Breakfast.

"We have intelligence agencies in this country, we have them for really good reasons. We don't pretend we don't undertake a certain amount of intelligence-gathering.

"That's happened over successive government's for a long period of time, but actually there's really good reasons for doing that."

He dismissed Dotcom's claims as an election stunt, saying now was the time to show his hand.

"It is a stunt, let's be honest," the prime minister said.

"The guy has a bit of an attention-seeking personality [and] secondly he's running a political party.

"If he had real information, he'd just bring it out in the public domain, considering today we're 60-odd days from an election."

It is expected any information Dotcom has would centre on the issue of when Key came to know about Dotcom's existence. Key has maintained he had no recollection of ever hearing about the internet mogul before January 19, 2012, the day before the raid on Dotcom's Coatesville mansion.

Key said he was confident Dotcom had nothing.

"He can't do because I didn't know about the guy and we weren't actively involved, so the point is that in the end, he's a guy that's full of wild conspiracy theories," he said.

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