Tech mogul and accused fraudster Kim Dotcom is seeking to cut a deal with the U.S. Department of Justice in exchange for his verbal testimony claiming that slain Democratic staffer Seth Rich leaked DNC emails to Wikileaks last summer.
Dotcom – the Mega-upload founder and New Zealand resident who is facing fraud and racketeering charges in the United States – offered to meet with the U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller on Tuesday. He claims to have evidence that Rich, not the Russian government, was behind the DNC email leak last summer.
Dotcom has yet to provide evidence of his allegations, which are fueling internet theories that Rich’s unsolved shooting death in Washington, D.C. last July may have been a political assassination. Police believe the 27-year-old was likely killed during an armed robbery gone wrong.
Dotcom is asking the feds to promise not to detain him if he travels to the United States to give testimony about Rich. He is currently facing U.S. extradition from his home in New Zealand on a litany of unrelated charges, including copyright infringement and money laundering.
Dotcom is concerned that, should he travel to the United States voluntarily, he would be arrested and detained in custody on the current counts on which he has been indicted,’ wrote his lawyers in the letter to Mueller.
The internet mogul is asking for a deal that ‘include[s] arrangements for his safe passage from New Zealand and return.’
The Department of Justice did not respond to request for comment on the letter.
Mueller was recently appointed to investigate allegations of Russian government interference in the presidential election. U.S. intelligence agencies say Russia hacked the DNC servers last summer and handed over the internal emails to Wikileaks.
Although Dotcom’s assertions about Rich have drawn international attention – and support from Fox News host Sean Hannity – the internet mogul has provided few details on his sensational story.
Dotcom attorney said he has no plans to release more information to the public.
Basically holding evidence or supposed evidence hostage and keeping justice for Seth Rich in the Dark. Kim if you really have anything it’s time to bring it to the light.