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    The government of New Zealand is too dependable on the interests of the United States, Kim Dotcom, Internet entrepreneur and founder of the country"s Internet Party, stated in an article he penned for CNN on Friday.

    MOSCOW, September 12 (RIA Novosti) - The government of New Zealand is too dependable on the interests of the United States, Kim Dotcom, Internet entrepreneur and founder of the country"s Internet Party, stated in an article he penned for CNN on Friday.

    "They [citizens] should consider the fact that the nation has quietly morphed – under the leadership of Prime Minister John Key – into the political equivalent of an American slave, responding more readily to the interests that motivate the United States than to the concerns of Kiwis [nickname for New Zealanders]," Dotcom wrote.

    Dotcom"s other concern is the participation of the country in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a proposed regional trade agreement.

    "The TPP is only the latest attempt by the intellectual property industry in America to criminalize legitimate business activities such as file sharing, to destroy privacy and free speech, and to extend the American legal empire to the Pacific." the Internet Party founder wrote.

    Dotcom also accused the New Zealand government under the leadership of Prime Minister John Key of surveillance powers abuse and leaking confidential information to politically aligned publishers.

    The German-Finnish millionaire also said, "New Zealand is engaged in a struggle for Internet freedom and everything beneficial that flows from it." As the elections in the country are to take place on September 20, he urges the electorate to make a decision "to turn back the clock to a time when New Zealand was the sovereign manager of its own domain."

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