Cameron Slater’s paymasters (whomever they might be in the National party) are evidently taking the political threat of Kim Dotcom’s fledgling Internet Party seriously.
Dotcom was obviously ambushed yesterday when TV3 asked him whether he owned Nazi memorabilia, with Dotcom admitting that he had purchased a rare first edition of Mein Kampf signed by Hitler himself. He tried to balance and justify by noting that he also owns one of Churchill’s cigar holders and Stalin’s pens, and by claiming it was all because of his Call of Duty fetish.
Whoever gave the story to TV3 evidently also shopped the story to Slater, and they either gave the story to Slater earlier or gave him more details, because he had a blog post this morning providing rather more ammunition against Dotcom than Gower could garner.* The extra details were that a Mr Alex Mardikian (who seems to have worked on prior projects with Dotcom) was shown the copy of Mein Kampf just after it was purchased, with Dotcom asking Markikian what he though about the fact that Dotcom now owned a book written by “the greatest German who has ever lived”. Plus, there was the additional allegation that Dotcom was given a Nazi flag for his birthday in 2011:
At the time of the birthday and the gift Kim Dotcom exclaimed to all in attendance that this was “the best present he had ever been given”.
He profusely thanked the guest repeating over and over how happy he was to have received the flag. Again his closest confidantes remonstrated with Dotcom over the flag and he shrugged off the criticism by claiming it was all a big joke.
WOBH can confirm that the flag is still in the possession of Dotcom because in the days after the raids two staff were tidying up ahead of the arrival of John Campbell and his cameras. They were going to tour the mansion for a soft piece on the aftermath of the raid.
Those two staff thought, rightly, that the flag wouldn’t look good on television and so folded it up and put it away for safe keeping in some boxes also stored in the cellar.
One former staff member spoken to by WOBH (who wishes to remain anonymous due to ongoing threats from Dotcom) in our ongoing investigations of the REAL secret life of Kim Dotcom has told us that regularly, at dinner, Nazi salutes would be made and Nazi chants like “Heil Hitler” and “Sieg Heil” were made, especially if the guests were mainly German.
The fact that all of this has just come to light as Dotcom attempts to finally actually launch his Internet Party seems just a little suspicious. One gets a wee feeling that someone from on high has given the order to unleash a full-scale assault on Dotcom’s credibility, to sabotage the party launch amidst a sea of unsavoury allegations, and to put paid to Dotcom’s manoeuvres with other small political parties who might be prepared to share a list.
What will be the result?
Well, Dotcom and Harawira already seem closer together… Dotcom has now agreed to Harawira’s bottom line that he rules out working with National:
“I’ve said before that I can work with anybody but I have to tell you that after this recent disgusting smear campaign which obviously originates out of the National Party leadership camp, I’m not going to work with National. Everybody knows where it’s coming from. It’s no secret.”
While Hone Harawira has already come out and said he is not bothered by Dotcom owning Mein Kampf – “And I don’t think he bought it particularly to read. I think it was a massive investment.” Whether the rest of the Mana membership shares Harawira’s sanguine approach remains to be seen.
The reaction from the public will be interesting. When the TV3 story ran last night, there was a rather differing reaction in my household. I blanched, concluding that people who buy Nazi memorabilia tend to have some rather nasty secret fixations (a conclusion based purely on the way such collectors tend to be portrayed in the media, since I personally don’t know any collectors of Nazi memorabilia, let alone have insightful knowledge into their secret fixations), while my wife simply shrugged and concluded that he could buy what he wanted, that it was historic, that history should be preserved (even the bad stuff) and that Dotcom had probably made a good investment.
I would imagine that most people below a certain age will simply shrug and carry on with life. However, if the mainstream media (oh, that pejorative term!) should pick up Slater’s baton and run with it, the public perception may well begin to darken. Patrick Gower’s performance tonight may well be interesting viewing…
* Oh, okay, there’s the possibility that both TV3 and Slater have been conducting their investigations using entirely different sources, but a good conspiracy theory is far more satisfying…