TV REVIEW: Kim Dotcom – Caught in the Web

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What Goldson has created with this documentary is one of the most important things any documentary maker can achieve, a meaningful reflection on a current political issue that at the time was eclipsed with anger and ignorance.

As someone who organised the anti-GCSB Town Hall protests and helped advise the MANA-Internet Party and Moment of Truth, I’m always fascinated by how people outside of it viewed it and understood it. When NZers took what was shown to be 100% proof that Key had lied about mass surveillance, all they screamed back in fury was that Kim hadn’t proved Key had known about him before Key had said he did.

The shock that NZers would focus on something as petty as Key’s memory lapse rather than the Assange and Snowden evidence of mass surveillance sent me as a political activist and citizen into a deep despair for our country and our society.

How did we become this?


So the opportunity to view what happened to Kim from a more objective perspective via a documentary made by someone with the reputation of Annie Goldson is my final hope that NZers will wake up and understand the enormity of what is happening to Dotcom is actually a war against the mass surveillance state that we are all now threatened by.

What Goldson has created with this documentary is one of the most important things any documentary maker can achieve, a meaningful reflection on a current political issue that at the time was eclipsed with anger and ignorance.

I believe there should be many NZers who after watching this documentary will reflect on 2014 and their reactions to Kim with a large amount of shame.

The entire mainstream NZ media should be forced to watch this.

Goldson goes behind the over the top facade Kim projects and finds a shy intelligent overweight boy who grew up in a home blighted by domestic violence, whose computer skills gave him a means to escape that violent upbringing and the fear its stain left on him. This humanisation of him makes his wealth loom like a protective bubble built by someone who knows the bite of vulnerability and has vowed to never allow it to bite again. The photos of him sitting alone at his own wealthy party’s says everything you need to know about the lonely wounded world Kim lived in.

Goldson then explains the background of Corporate Hollywood and how its need to stamp its jurisdiction into cyber space via intellectual property rights were set on a collusion course with Kim.

I honestly think this is the most important part of this entire fiasco that most people still don’t seem to understand, that this has always been a flexing of American cultural power combining with 5 eye mass surveillance interests.

As I pointed out this year…

The long, long, long list of corruption by the GCSB and the Government to arrest Dotcom for the NSA because Corporate Hollywood threatened Obama with a boycott on election donations demands a move by the Judiciary to show the secret intelligence apparatus that it can not over ride the law.

Corporate Hollywood profits have been risen to National Security status, that is something that needs to be understood as an explanation to this all. Wars with their violent and bloody outcomes are too expensive and counterproductive, cultural imperialism however only has strength if intellectual property rights are protected to keep the profit margin rolling in.  The Motion Picture Association of America have been trying to get their copywriter infringement fetish to National Security levels since 2010 and Chris Dodd, the MPAAs Hollywood lobbyist threatened political funding for not elevating their piracy to National Security levels.

Days after Dodd’s threat, Obama launches a press conference confirming that Kim Dotcom will be targeted.

…America doesn’t care that we watch media on TVs or laptops or phones built in China, they care that we are watching American culture.

This war needed a bad guy who could become the fall guy for America’s attempt to claim jurisdiction in cyber space.

Kim Dotcom was that fall guy.

Goldson is able to explain the background manoeuvring by Corporate Hollywood and brings it into sharp focus in a way that was impossible during the election. This context starts changing your impression of Kim immediately.

“You get in between America and its money, and you are going to have big problems”, says one of the Tech commentators when looking at Corporate Hollywood’s machinations to force the US into arresting Kim Dotcom.

The over the top NZ paramilitary police raid footage on Kim’s home looks far more egregious and sinister once the context of what was really going on has been explained. People often asked why would Kim want to side with Hone and MANA, I’d always point out that if you had your house raided by 70 armed cops, beaten up and your family terrified at gun point, you’d feel angry towards the state and side with any political party like MANA who were as radicalised as he was by injustice.

Goldson then manages to list all the legal fuck ups our Police and intelligence agencies committed in the case against Kim, when you see it all on screen at once, it just stuns you that this has been allowed to happen.

The enormity of what has happened to Kim starts to sink in half way through the documentary, but the chilling part begins when Goldson goes beyond the interests of Corporate Hollywood and American soft power, and looks at the role of  the 5 Eyes Spying apparatus and its involvement against Kim.

Here is the timetable of the behind the scenes machinations that led up to the involvement of the  mass surveillance state…

March 8th 2011 – Jerry Mateparae is stepped down as head of the GCSB.
March 15th 2011 – Top NSA spook, James Clapper, flies to NZ to meet with Key to discuss ‘synchronicity’ between the NSA and GCSB.
March 22nd 2011 – High level intelligence meetings
May 2011 – McCully visits Washington
June 17th 2011 – Key meets with Ian Fletcher for breakfast at Stamford Plaza.
July 22nd 2011 – Key is invited to Washington as pay back for this new ‘synchronicity’.
July 26th 2011 – Key side steps normal protocols and appoints his old school friend Ian Fletcher to take over at the GCSB.
October 2011 – John Key, the head of the SIS and NZDF join Ian Fletcher, the MFAT Head, and the DPMC boss for a secret dinner at the British High Commissioner’s home
December 8th 2011 – A letter states that Key is going to meet Ian Fletcher on 12th December
December 12th 2011 – Key meets with Ian Fletcher.
December 14th 2011 – The Police boss responsible for spying on Dotcom meets John Key with other intelligence agencies present.
December 16th 2011 – Kim Dotcom starts to be illegally spied upon.
January 2012 – Raid on Kim Dotcom. Spying supposedly ends.

…watching Key on screen telling people that there was no conspiracy and it was all a simple mistake draws gasps from the viewing audience.

Watching the anti-GCSB protests we organised while Key rammed through mass surveillance powers with just one vote under urgency in Parliament still makes me choke with rage when I watch it.

This moment still shocks me…

…watching the media refuse to take what was revealed at the Moment of Truth and focus on Kim not catching Key out was one of the worst abdications of responsibility our media have ever committed.

Whatever you think about Kim, whatever his excesses or behaviour, whatever you think about the MANA-Internet Party hook up – the way we have allowed our Intelligence Agencies to acquiesce to America so it can attempt to claim jurisdiction in cyber space by arresting Kim in NZ is an affront to every element of our sovereignty.

Kim’s fight against the mass surveillance state is all our fight against the mass surveillance state, Goldson has provided a context that none of our mainstream media provided.

For those outside the Dotcom story, this documentary will be a revelation, for those of us who were briefly involved inside, it’s  just more fuel for the anger that this was even allowed to happen in the first place.

Kim Dotcom: Caught in the Web, is one of the most important political documentary’s to come out of NZ for a very long time.

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  1. David Stone says:

    Just before the election the attack on a very popular PM (however misguided that popularity was) was too much for the populace to digest in the allotted time. There was and still is a huge amount to weigh up in people’s minds to transfer belief.
    Also the raid was a dramatic stunt in the first place , doubtless deliberately aimed at public perception. Horrifying many who disbelieved it could possibly have been justified , but doubtless convincing many that the guy was such a threat that the extraordinary drama was necessary.
    It looked too much like a tit for tat stunt esp. given the timing and did his cause no good at all in public opinion.
    To clarify my own position I am entirely on Kim’s side, The US has become rotten in it’s political core and with Key we have been contaminated.
    D J S

  2. tomorrow says:

    A first class documentary – and as Kim Dot Com said to the assembled NZ Press ‘now you have the facts, go and do your job’ which although there was overwhelming evidence of malfeasance on the part of John Key, his government and the venal USA entertainment bosses, the NZ press, of course, did nothing.
    That the 4th estate with their huge influential political power
    could let the NZ public down over such an important issue, is criminal. One hopes they have some guilt over this. They should be ashamed.

  3. I watched it…

    One side-issue is that Key does not come out of this looking very honourable. In fact, I believe this doco may be the beginning of history judging Key’s term as a manipulative Prime Minister not averse to lying to protect the State’s security apparatus.

    The video snippets featuring Key were damning in the context of the overall story.

  4. Jeff Foley Jeff Foley says:

    I watched it too …
    and I’m left crying, screaming, for justice.
    For their brazen and appalling deception, for their terrible corruption: I want to see John Key and all of his ministers behind bars, in jail – traitors, they are, the lot.

  5. Marc says:

    I saw the documentary, missed only the first few minutes, and I was rather impressed with how well the whole saga and drama was presented.

    It is definitely one of the better films I have watched over recent years, that is of those that cover real factual events and what lie behind them.

    There was NADA I heard and read on the MSM on this, not on RNZ even, or did I miss a ‘review’ somewhere else?

  6. Marc says:

    You Tube clip, preview or so:

    They have slowed down my computer a fair few times, I note, I am certainly being ‘monitored’ by GCSB, I say hallo dear spies, have a Merry Christmas, even though you are such a nasty lot.

    Perhaps you are trying to work on a profile to show me as an ‘enemy’ of sorts, even ‘supporting terrorism’, well, we will see, perhaps someone will write a book about it, some time in future.

  7. Kim dand says:

    Will justice be upheld under this new government?
    Surely there is enough evidence for a full investigation? At least take the knighthood.from Key, this is not.what traitors receive.

  8. Priss says:

    We watched it as well. Brilliant long-form documentary-making . This is REAL reality-TV!

    Thank you TVNZ!! (I hope it is repeated so people who missed it can have another chance to view it.)

    • Red Buzzard says:

      yes I missed it….would love to have another chance to see it

      • See if it’s available On Demand, RB. Priss is right; it was brilliant long-form doco-making. At 2 and a quarter hours (with ads) long, it’s lengthy – but well worth every second of it.

        It was damning of National’s complicity in Dotcom’s persecution.

  9. Michal says:

    There are things that I couldn’t fathom, well there are lots in the film which is saw on the big screen in christchurch some time back. The sheer lies by the police e.g. ‘he was holed up in a locked ‘safe room’ with a loaded gun’. That was released to the media at the time. a total lie, but never mind it is out there and people think this is what happened. Just for starters who ever said this to the media should have been on the block frankly, who said it, were the rapped over the knuckles etc. and then of course Key and the spys. All filthy stuff in my view.

    But then I also remember Valerie Morse’s house being broken into by the cops at some early hour in the morning and TV3 being there to film it all. Clearly someone tipped them off and that could only ever have been the cops.

  10. Ike says:

    Great Article Martyn.

  11. Yay, capitalism! The world’s most successful fence is still living in NZ and avoiding taking responsibility for his crimes. This is a guy who ripped off thousands of artists, including your favourite band and to some he’s a hero for no reason anyone can actually articulate. Funny old world, eh?

    Anyway, must go, I’m off to burgle your granny. I know y’all approve.

    • WILD KATIPO says:

      … ” to some he’s a hero for no reason anyone can actually articulate ” …

      I think its been well articulated , buddy , – and by better informed people than yourself – but then again ,… if you choose to wear a blindfold , that’s up to you.

  12. Iain Mclean says:


    Yes. What a marvelous, excellent documentary that will not only go down on record for NZ, but the world. Most comprehensive taking in Kim’s childhood.

    And your review gives it the merit it deserves.
    Everyone that helped organize this event must be applauded.

    “The shock that NZers would focus on something as petty as Key’s memory lapse rather than the Assange and Snowden evidence of mass surveillance sent me as a political activist and citizen into a deep despair for our country and our society.
    How did we become this?”

    Unfortunately Martyn, this goes to the heart of the matter of all MSM worldwide.
    The Powers That Be could not possibly admit to the evidence contained in the Moment of Truth.
    A similar response to the huge Wikileaks Dumps during America’s election campaign last year.
    Just DO NOT TALK about it.

    I think it is relevant to revisit Kevin Shipp’s presentation.

    “The relaxed presentation of Kevin Shipp – ex CIA on the Hagmann Report.
    Start @ around 6min to pause @ 6.14 min. The slide explains the Shadow Government.
    (different from Deep State and without explaining the structure above the CFR)
    “Kevin Shipp – Former CIA Officer Explains The Shadow Government” 2-9-17

    This would have to be the most comprehensive analysis on the subject to date.
    NZ / Commonwealth will have it’s own equivalents of the agencies mentioned.
    Ie; GCSB = NSA, CIA = SIS.”

    “So, the CFR creates the CIA in 1947-48 and MSM becomes THE FACE OF SHADOW GVT.!!
    Ie OPERATION MOCKINGBIRD Martyn talked about a while ago that probably went over the heads of many.”

    Extract from,

    Now, for those that have time over the Xmas break, here is that structure above the CFR;

    1. The Committee of 300 : made up of;  (see Jonathon Coleman ; ex MI6)

    NOTE: The diagram here ends with MSM.!!


    Jonathon Coleman:
    “The power behind the Committee of 300 is the Anglo-Jewish cousinhood that dominate the financial and political systems of the world. This cousinhood includes the Rothschild, Rockefeller, Oppenheimer, Goldsmid, Mocatta, Montefiore, Sassoon,Warburg, Samuel, Cohen, Stern and Kadoorie families.”

    The diagram did not copy to here. Will be contained in link above.

    “These families hold monopolies over the banking system, oil and gas companies and metals and mining companies. Through this domination of the financial markets they pull the strings of every government in the world. They also control the illegal drugs trade, human trafficking and illegal arms trafficking causing continuous pain and suffering worldwide.”




  13. Bob says:

    I’m optimistic that the deep despair at the time served us in the result of our 2017 election.
    I think what Key got up to resulted in him stepping down, that came out of left field and Key gave every indication that he wanted to be PM for the rest of his life.
    His untimely demise left his party bereft of any form of leadership. Under Key the National Party has been destroyed and that is a good thing.

    • WILD KATIPO says:

      And Kim Dotcom has , in effect ,… had the last say.

      All that remains now is for all those sycophants who willingly acted for Key to realize that its over.

      John Key the coward has left and his National party is in tatters and all that remains now is for this new government is to redress the colossal subterfuge that occurred under the John Key govt , and release Dotcom and his companions from any extradition.

      That would go a long way to healing the serious damage done to our national sovereignty and our legal system .The vindication of Kim Dotcom and his companions would become a real triumph for decency and fairness in a functioning democracy.

      This whole Dotcom saga was NEVER just about Kim Dotcom , – it was and is , – about all of us as a people.

  14. WILD KATIPO says:

    … ‘When they went in fast and hard it was because the Police were under the impression that there was this ‘doomsday’ device that was in the mansion somewhere that if activated would destroy evidence of wrongdoing in the world ‘ …


    * Barrister: ”Destruction devices ?”…

    * Grant Wormald: ”Well the laptop , the Iphone or the PDA or whatever it was that was found”…

    * Barrister: ”They were not destruction devices, where they ?”…

    * Grant Wormald : ”What do you expect? – a box with a red button on it?”…


    * Kim Dotcom : ” There never was any ‘doomsday device’ , – it was all bullshit ”…


    ‘ NZ Police later admitted in the High Court that the safe room was unlocked and that Kim Dotcom was unarmed ‘

    * ( Following prior NZ Police statements to justify American FBI style armed raid of the Dotcom mansion that asserted that Dotcom was armed with a loaded sawn off shotgun and that the panic room door was locked )


    * Comment: ” I think that the rationale is clear , – It was sent to send a message around the world – don’t mess with the United States with copyright issues . The only other raid I can think off that sounds similar?…was the raid on ,… Osama Bin Laden , – and these are,… vastly different levels of importance”.

    * Jimmy Wales – Founder of Wikipedia : ”You know,… it sort of looked liked you were taking down a South American dictator ”…


    Dissecting the GCSB bill – Campbell Live (Kim Dotcom scandal …
    Video for Dissecting the GCSB bill – Campbell Live (Kim Dotcom scandal)▶ 16:11

    John Key discusses Dotcom saga – YouTube
    Video for John Key discusses Dotcom saga▶ 17:29


    You’ve been lied to , New Zealand.

    And that gullibility has led to the perversion not only of our sovereignty in servility to a foreign powers will which had no jurisdiction here , but also of passing retrospective laws quickly after the illegality of the arrest warrant used to conduct the raid and the imprisonment of Kim Dotcom was discovered.

    This illegality led to the retrospective law changes that were passed after John Key realized the political / criminal ramifications had these facts been widely known to the public earlier and the potential fallout that would have occurred with the false arrests/detainment’s , – and the confiscations of property , assets and the freezure of personal finances.

    It was not long after that , – that the lies told by John Key with the XKEYSCORE / SPEARGUN program to enable mass surveillance of the public’s electronic communications were exposed at the Moment of Truth – and later exposed this year by David Fisher in the NZ Herald .

    John Key, mass surveillance and what really happened when Edward … › New Zealand

    The whole reason for John Keys insertion into office was to strengthen the 5 eyes commitment between the USA , Britain , Australia , Canada and New Zealand. And part of that strengthening was such things as the undemocratic attempt by Tim Groser and John Key to ram through the unpopular TTPA deal. And it is NO COINCIDENCE that the Hollywood Motion Picture Industry was the body tasked with the drawing up of the TTPA before being ratified by the US Congress – especially regards copyright laws.

    Thus , John Key functioned best when Obama was still President.

    And Obama functioned best when carrying out the dictates of the Hollywood Motion Picture Industry. Whose threats of withholding donations for Obamas political campaigns led Obama – and thus Key – to carry out the raid on Kim Dotcom.

    And the price of all this political cowardice, lack of scruples, lack of integrity and just plain criminal dishonesty while holding the highest office in the land is the potential for not only four men spending 80 years in a West Virginia prison undeservedly due to the duplicity of these politicians ( jail terms akin to the most vicious murderers) – but also the gross subversion of our sovereignty , our laws , and our democratic system , – as well as adding to the long and growing list of miscarriage of justice cases in this country – all enabled by dishonest , gutless elected officials who were / are operating outside of the auspices of the will of the people of this country but rather for a globalist elitist agenda.

  15. WILD KATIPO says:

    ‘ The Internet Archive sows that Megaupload did not offer rewards for files larger than 100MB , too small for the vast majority of movies and TV shows .’

    Its ‘terms of service’ stated that users must respect copyright.


    Oh yes. Big money does talk.

    Do we remember also John Keys hand in changing the actors Union laws?- otherwise known now as the ‘ Hobbit laws’?

    Seems this John Philip Key from his lowly state house beginnings not only wanted to become a FOREX millionaire and a politician but have a stake in the movie industry from America…and the thus the TTPA .

    And to do that ? ,… he was not only happily willing to destroy Kim Dotcoms life, and that of his former wife and children – but every other New Zealanders life that got in his way if that is what it took to ingratiate himself even further with those holding the power.

  16. WILD KATIPO says:

    Oh ,… and if Martyn will allow it ,… I’d like to express the outrage over the events surrounding the raid through music… because this case in particular really pissed me right off to the very core – and Pike River is also up there right alongside of it .

    I’d like to see John Key stripped of his knighthood and called to answer for his corruption. And I believe there’s a whole bunch of others who feel just the same way.

    Rebel Son – From a Mile Away – YouTube

  17. Kim Dandy says:

    I’m right with you WK – I would like nothing more but to see justice done to Key and his cronies for the ‘crimes / misuse of power’ they committed on the NZ peoples, for the benefit of a few.
    I await the day …