Dotcom talking point for Key and Obama
By Laura McQuillan
Internet-piracy accused millionaire Kim Dotcom was the elephant in the room when John Key and US President Barack Obama chatted in Cambodia - but the Prime Minister is refusing to confirm or deny his name came up.
Dotcom, a German who also holds New Zealand residency, is fighting extradition to the United States on a series of charges related to his Megaupload website.
It has been widely speculated the matter would come up when Mr Key and Mr Obama met in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh at the East Asia Summit, where they also took part in talks over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
For the US, intellectual property is a major sticking point in the trade deal - including issues over copyright.
But it wasn't during those discussions that Dotcom's name arose.
Mr Key confirmed he and Mr Obama had "quite a long chat" at some point on Tuesday morning, but refused to say whether Dotcom was part of that, telling media "I'm not going to go through the discussions I have with him."
Asked what subjects were raised, Mr Key refused to say.
"I'm not going to go through those. I have private conversations with people all the time."
However, he then confirmed they didn't talk about the US fiscal cliff but did discuss the renewed conflict in Gaza.
Dotcom recently suggested the New Zealand Government was playing an active role outside of its extradition treaty with the US government being invoked - a claim disputed by Mr Key.