Wellington - Internet mogul Kim Dotcom denied on Monday that he hacked a right-wing blogger and leaked emails that have embroiled New Zealand's conservative government in dirty tricks allegations ahead of a general election.
Claims arising from the stolen emails that Prime Minister John Key's government colluded with blogger Cameron Slater to smear political opponents have dominated campaigning ahead of the September 20 election, with Key dismissing any suggestion of wrong-doing.
The emails were originally cited by left-wing author Nicky Hager in his book Dirty Politics, released this month, triggering intense speculation about the source of the documents and how they were obtained.
Slater last week said he believed Dotcom was behind the cyber-theft from his blog “Whale Oil”, an allegation the German national has rejected.
“Let me just be crystal clear, I have nothing to do with the hacking of Whale Oil,” Dotcom told Radio New Zealand on Monday, saying the extent of his involvement with the site was to monitor it for defamatory statements.