The alleged attempt came by way of a request sent to Rich’s gmail account from the email address email@example.com. Mega is the New Zealand-based cloud storage company that Dotcom used to work for and resigned from in 2013.
Rich’s father, who has been monitoring his email account since his death, believes the invitation was an attempt to hack into the account and the family has consulted specialists.
In a statement, they said; ‘We are outraged that certain individuals continue to try to use Seth’s name and memory to advance their political and ideological agendas.
‘We hope people will think twice the next time someone makes an outlandish claim to have discovered new evidence in this case.’
Kim Dotcom wasted no time in issuing a refutation and threatening to sue them for defamation:
5. I remain prepared to assist in the investigation, as I have said. While I want to show understanding to the family in this difficult time, I also maintain that what I have said is true and will be substantiated upon investigation. While that may be difficult for the family to accept, in time I expect it to play a valuable part in revealing the truth. However, that is a matter for the current investigation. I simply wish to make sure that the investigators have the benefit of my evidence.
6. I have said that I will share what I know, and why, with the relevant authorities if the appropriate arrangements can be made. That is what I understand from our communications the family also want. The family, once fully informed, can then make up their own mind, as will the investigation. However, that will not happen by ignoring the evidence of witnesses like me who are prepared to speak up, or by seeking to discredit such witnesses by pre-emptively attacking their credibility. I simply ask that the family listen, before attacking.
13. The suggestion that I am attempting to plant evidence into Mr Rich’s email account would appear to be an attempt to discredit any evidence I may give before I have a chance to give it. That those who seek to speak the truth are, as I have been, subjected to a smear campaign to try to discredit them indicates to me that the truth is known and not welcome.
21. I therefore request that, in the meantime, the family refrain from repeating the false statements described in this letter. I have not taken the step of commencing defamation proceedings in relation to the above statements although I would be entitled to do so in New Zealand. I reserve all of my rights and remedies in this regard. My preference is that the family and I move forward together. If, after learning what I have to say through the appropriate channels (as requested by the family), the family choose not to accept it, that is a matter for the family. I seek only to pass on what I know so that the truth can be fully and openly investigated and then reported on. Why that should cause me to be unduly attacked raises more questions than it answers. My view is that the truth is not something to be feared.
22. If, however, the statements are repeated, I will have no choice but to consider the formal legal options available to me. I hope this will not be necessary, hence this correspondence.
Making things a little more complicated, one has to wonder if it’s actually the family saying this stuff or their “spokesman.” WND published claims by another third party who says that that family had been saying things to him contrary to what the spokesman is.