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SIS OK Dotcom’s Residency Day after PM Met Hollywood Bigwig

Andrew Williams MP
New Zealand First MP

10 April 2013

SIS OK Dotcom’s Residency Day after PM Met Hollywood Bigwig

New Zealand First says Prime Minister John Key needs to come clean about the full extent of his knowledge about the FBI investigation into Kim Dotcom.

Andrew Williams MP today produced evidence that a director of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), Kevin Tsujihara, was part of Government talks on The Hobbit in October 2010.

“Mr Key hosted Kevin Tsujihara at Premier House on 26 and 27 October 2010.

“At the time, Mr Tsujihara was President of Warner Brothers Home Entertainment and oversaw Warner Bros’ anti-piracy operations. He is now the CEO.

“It’s intriguing that on 28 October 2010 – a day after Mr Key met with Mr Tsujihara – the SIS lifted a hold on Kim Dotcom’s residency application.”

“It would be astonishing if the Prime Minister – who is also the Minister in charge of the Security Intelligence Service – was not informed of this decision.

“The fact that it happened a day after Mr Key met a representative of the MPAA, a group which is known to have been lobbying the US Government to arrest Mr Dotcom, makes it virtually impossible to believe.

Mr Williams says the Prime Minister has so far refused to confirm that Mr Tsujihara was also at a private dinner he attended in Hollywood last year, citing privacy concerns.

“But Mr Key has admitted that the Dotcom case was discussed at that dinner.”

Mr Williams says a timeline prepared by New Zealand First – collated from Parliamentary Questions, OIA requests and media reports – leading up to Dotcom’s arrest in January 2012 reveals an extraordinary set of facts.

“Our timeline also shows that Mr Key met with the SIS on 12 October 2010. That was a day before the SIS put a hold on Dotcom’s residency application.

“How on earth could they not have told him?” says Mr Williams.

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