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Kim Dotcom: Seth Rich Contacted Me in 2014 About Starting 'Internet Party' in the U.S.

Notorious Internet entrepreneur/hacker Kim Dotcom last week claimed on Twitter that he knew Seth Rich, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) staffer who was gunned down in Northwest D.C. last July. Fox News' Sean Hannity invited Dotcom to be on his show Tuesday night to discuss what he knows about the case.

The Rich family has taken great offense at reports alleging that Seth Rich was the leaker and has reached out to Fox News to cancel the interview.

Fox News has since pulled and retracted its report alleging that multiple investigative sources had confirmed that Rich had leaked thousands of internal emails to Wikileaks.

Dotcom, who is facing charges in the United States of copyright infringement, said he knew that Rich was Wikileaks' source for the DNC emails because he himself was involved. He offered to give the United States Congress written testimony with evidence that Seth Rich was the source if Congress would agree to include the Seth Rich case in their Russia probe. He said that he would be meeting with his lawyers on Monday and issuing a statement on Tuesday.

In his statement, now up at kim.com, Dotcom writes in all caps "#SETHRICH WAS A HERO" and "I KNOW THAT SETH RICH WAS INVOLVED IN THE DNC LEAK." He refers to Rich by what he believes was Rich's online nickname,"Panda," saying: "I now know that Panda was Seth Rich."

Internet sleuths on reddit recently uncovered what they claim to be several of Rich's old social media accounts featuring his nickname "Panda."

Dotcom, the founder of Megaupload.com and Mega.co.nz, said that Rich contacted him in late 2014 about helping to start a branch of the Internet Party in the United States. The Internet Party is a political party promoting Internet freedom and privacy that was founded in January 2014 in New Zealand with the support of Dotcom.

Dotcom has offered to make a statement to U.S. authorities on the case if Special Counsel Mueller can provide safe passage from New Zealand to the United States and back.

Here is his statement in full:

#SETHRICH WAS A HERO"

"I KNOW THAT SETH RICH WAS INVOLVED IN THE DNC LEAK

I know this because in late 2014 a person contacted me about helping me to start a branch of the Internet Party in the United States. He called himself Panda. I now know that Panda was Seth Rich.

Panda advised me that he was working on voter analytics tools and other technologies that the Internet Party may find helpful.

I communicated with Panda on a number of topics including corruption and the influence of corporate money in politics.

I was referring to what I knew when I did an interview with Bloomberg in New Zealand in May 2015. In that interview I hinted that Julian Assange and Wikileaks [sic] would release information about Hillary Clinton in the upcoming election.

The Rich family has reached out to me to ask that I be sensitive to their loss in my public comments. That request is entirely reasonable.

I have consulted with my lawyers. I accept that my full statement should be provided to the authorities and I am prepared to do that so that there can be a full investigation. My lawyers will speak with the authorities regarding the proper process.

If my evidence is required to be given in the United States I would be prepared to do so if appropriate arrangements are made. I would need a guarantee from Special Counsel Mueller, on behalf of the United States, of safe passage from New Zealand to the United States and back. In the coming days we will be communicating with the appropriate authorities to make the necessary arrangements. In the meantime, I will make no further comment.

STATEMENT FROM

KIM DOTCOM