Why did Dotcom bolt for the panic room, leaving his pregnant wife and kids?
News of he Dotcom's split makes me think back to the day of the raid on the couple' rented mansion, when Kim legged it for the panic room, leaving his pregnant wife and children to face the armed men storming the property (who, of course, turned out to be NZ Police, backed FBI observers).
On the face of things, it was not the most gallant of gestures.
In his authorised biography, The Secret Life of Kim Dotcom, author David Fisher walks us through Mr Dotcom's thinking during the raid:
He [Kim Dotcom] had been drilled over and over by Tempero:* if trouble comes, then seek cover. There is nothing you can do, Tempero told him. Dotcom knows by now it is an attack of some sort and begins to follow the precise plan drilled into him by Tempero.
Forget Mona, Tempero had said. It was his job to protect her. “Go to the safe room and do not come out until I come for you.”
* Chief bodyguard Wayne Tempero, who late departed amid allegations that security staff were paid less than the minimum wage.