David Cunliffe and Russel Norman said a Labour-Greens government might block Kim Dotcom from being extradicted to the US.
“I’ve always said I didn’t support the extradition process,” Mr Norman told 3News last night. “In a number of respects, I just don’t think it’s fair.”
Mr Cunliffe offered more qualified support for the accused pirate, saying, telling the broadcaster, “Prima face, the current government’s operation against Mr Dotcom appears to have been outside the law in a number of respects.”
In 3News’ report, the Labour leader doesn’t voice support for blocking extradition but later, when challenged on social media, 3News political editor Patrick Gower later said Mr Cunliffe said he was open to considering the option.
Prime Minister John Key said while the government could block and extradition, it would jeopardise the US-NZ extradition treaty. He noted that the treaty had been used to repatriate several “abhorrent” criminals from the US to NZ.
That’s the customary yeah-nah from Cunliffe and common sense from the Prime Minister.
Extradition treaties work both ways and we can’t expect the US to support our requests if we don’t support theirs.
A 3News Reid-Research poll found 21% or just over one in five voters would consider voting for Kim Dotcom’s Internet Party.
However, Mr Gower said of 1000 people surveyed, zero supported the Internet Party today.
But while a Labour-Greens government could “save Dotcom’s bacon” as Mr Gower puts it, the irony is that his political push could potentially strip away 1% or 2% support from the two parties – potentially enough to deny them power in a tight race for the MMP list vote. . .
The logical response to this is for Dotcom to forget forming his own party and back Labour and/or the Greens.
He’s already thinking of that.
The reds and greens are sure to swallow their animosity towards rich pricks and accept that offer.