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The Mendacities of Mr Key #7: What is Dear Leader actually saying here?



Who do people believe - dotcom or key


Dear Leader Key has continually refuted knowing of Kim Dotcom until one day prior to the police raid on his Coatsville mansion on 20 January 2012, as he confirmed in Parliament eight months later,

David Shearer: Does he stand by his statement that he first heard of Kim Dotcom on 19 January 2012, the day before the police raids on Dotcom’s residence?

Rt Hon JOHN KEY: Yes.

He has been quizzed numerous times on this point., and each time he has given the same response; he only became aware of the impending Hollywood-style raid on Kim Dotcom’s mansion the day prior to the event.

Now check out his response in this Youtube vid, posted on 25 November, 2012 – ten months after the raid – from a TVNZ Q+A interview;




Notice how Key frames his response to  Kim Dotcom’s answers to the late Paul Holmes;

Holmes: “Do you you believe John Key has lied?”

Kim Dotcom: “Yes.”

Holmes: “Do you have evidence of this?”

Kim Dotcom: “Yes.”

Key responded;

“Ok, so the answer to both those questions is ‘no’. Um, he’s completely and factually incorrect. So to say that someone lies means that you have to deliberately mislead people.  And there’s no way I have done that. My office has gone through every piece of correspondence my electoral office has had. Every piece of correspondence that I’ve had that could be anyway related to this area. Any meetings I have had.  What my ministries have done that I’m responsible for. There is absolutely nothing there.”

Key did not reply with an outright “no”.

Instead Key referred to searches of his electoral office; correspondences, records of meeting, and ministeries.

He wasn’t searching his memory for previous knowledge of activities relating to  Kim Dotcom.

He was searching files to ensure there was no evidence of previous awareness of activities relating to  Kim Dotcom.

Charge: broken promise/deflection/half-truth/hypocrisy/outright lie/misinformation?

Verdict: deflection/outright lie




Facebook Colmar Brunton: Who do you believe – Kim Dotcom or John Key? 

TV3: Who knew what about Kim Dotcom

Scoop media: Key, Dotcom and Hollywood

Parliament: Dotcom Case—Government Communications Security Bureau Actions and Prime Minister’s Statements

Youtube: A ‘Grumpy’ John Key On Q & A To Answer To Allegations That He Lied About Knowing Of Kim Dotcom


Youtube: How to spot a liar #2

Previous related blogposts

The Mendacities of Mr Key #6: When apologising to a victim of violence is not considered “serious”





john key is scared of your vote

Above image acknowledgment: Francis Owen/Lurch Left Memes

This blogpost was first published on The Daily Blog on 12 August 2014



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  1. 17 August 2014 at 3:52 pm


    You know he’s sweating on what Kim Dotcom is going to say 5 days out from the election. Dear Leader has already pontificated – “put up or shut up!!”

    But this is the whole point! If he does so now, people will forget by Sept 20. 5 days before the election however, and we have a bombshell that will change it. I don’t particularly like Kim Dotcom, but if it takes him to get the general public to understand what our PM is really like, then best to wait until the “last week”… Which, WILL be a “very bad week for John Key”.

    Terminal, I’d say… I can’t wait.

    • 17 August 2014 at 4:09 pm

      Indeed, Michael. I’d venture a guess that it will be fireworks – and not the 2010 variety that KDC laid on for Aucklanders in 2010…

  1. 15 February 2015 at 8:01 am

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