Kim Dotcom speaks during an interview with Reuters in Auckland
Kim Dotcom speaks during an interview with Reuters in Auckland January 19, 2013. REUTERS

Controversial German born web tycoon, Kim Dotcom, who took up residence in New Zealand, has said that he is feeling unwanted in the country and has become the victim of a vicious public backlash, mainly after the general election in last September. Accordingly, Dotcom plans to leave the adopted home at the end of U.S. court proceedings and said he would renew his offer to the Department of Justice to travel to the U.S. for his trial on the condition that he gets bail and also the assets seized in the 2012 raid are returned to him.

In an interview with the New Zealand Herald, the Mega Upload founder, facing internet piracy charges in the U.S., said "I am now considered a pariah and may quit New Zealand". The web tycoon has been claiming innocence, from day one and expressed confidence that he can win any court action against him.


Dotcom said he is at a loss to explain why the public opinion turned so harshly against him. "It's turned into something very ugly. The funny thing is that I haven't changed and done anything wrong. I'm still the same guy who only a matter of months ago, was being cheered by people."

The web tycoon, who separated from his wife Mona in 2014, said negativity is making his life difficult in New Zealand. Dotcom, who founded the Internet Party and forged a controversial alliance with Hone Harawira's Mana Party said his political intentions were "pure" and the Internet Party stood for the good of all New Zealanders. "I was doing a favour and it backfired", he said and noted he does not regret merging with Mana party, as it allowed him experiencing the Maori culture.

Chat Service

Meanwhile, Kim Dotcom revealed that he plans to launch his own chat service and give Microsoft's Skype a run for its money. Making the announcement via his Twitter account, Dotcom confirmed that his new venture, Mega would soon release "a fully encrypted and browser based video call and chat service including high-speed file transfers." The tweet said, "Bye bye Skype," referring to Microsoft's video chat service, which has an estimated 300 million users, reported Dw. De News.