Intellectual Property

NZ Minister Admits Briefing on Kim Dotcom Asset Seizure

He was afraid a screw-up would upset his American handlers


Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully was briefed on the need to seize Kim Dotcom's assets at the time his officials were worried rejecting requests might upset the United States.

But Mr McCully said his role was confined to being briefed - and the discussions happened after the raid on Mr Dotcom's mansion.

Few details have emerged of how New Zealand's diplomats responded to the need to underwrite the US case with local taxpayer money.