Dotcom hints at Assange cameo

HAMISH RUTHERFORD
Last updated 18:52 25/08/2014
Julian Assange on August 18, 2014
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CAMEO: Will Julian Assange be on a live video-link at an event organised by Kim Dotcom?

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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange may make a cameo on the election campaign, Kim Dotcom has hinted.

A day after a tirade by Internet-Mana press secretary Pam Corkery against the media overshadowed the party's campaign launch, Dotcom was talking up the impact he could have on the election.

The German entrepreneur has organised a town hall event in Auckland for September 15, when he says he will release information which could change the election. He claims it will show John Key knew about him earlier than the prime minister claims.

Tonight on TVNZ he hinted that Assange, who is holed up in the Embassy of Ecuador in London, was part of the announcement.

''Someone who is currently locked up in an embassy might be on a live video link,'' Dotcom said.

Asked if the material he will reveal would do more damage to Prime Minister John Key than Nicky Hager's recent book Dirty Politics, Dotcom said ''I think so''.

Dotcom was appearing in interviews after Corkery lashed out at journalists wanting to speak to him following his speech.

''When will you glove puppets of Cameron Slater just piss off?,'' she asked media.

It came after Dotcom bragged that as a young man he hacked computers to lower the German chancellor's credit rating.

''Because I didn't like the guy, and you have all figured out by now there's another prime minister I don't like,'' Dotcom said, which some took as a hint he was behind the hacking of Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater's emails.

Yesterday Dotcom told TV3 said he had skills which meant he ''potentially could'' have hacked Slater's emails, but denied again doing so, or having any association with whoever did.

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