FBI may have Dotcom's PC data
Wed, 23 May 2012 7:00p.m.
There were extraordinary scenes at the Auckland High Court today, as Kim Dotcom and his legal team appeared to learn that the New Zealand police have provided the FBI with copies, or clones, of material on the hard drives taken from his home during the police raid in January.
The police have repeatedly refused to provided the same copies, or clones, to Dotcom himself.
The Crown asserted it was always clear the FBI's intention was to take the documents back to America.
But whoever has the documents has a decided advantage as prosecution and defence teams prepare their cases.
The Dotcom team had sought assurances that the material would not be provided to the FBI before them.
Crown lawyers had written back saying "that has not happened and will not happen without prior warning''.
But it appears it has happened.
The Dotcom legal team started in a fairly restrained fashion, but as the afternoon went on, they couldn't disguise their surprise and even anger.
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30/05/2012 2:42:53 p.m.
C'mon NZ. What has happened here is an utter disgrace and brings shame to our country. Dotcom has shown to be an open and loveably different individual with a generous love for life and people and lucky to have enough spare money to share his enjoyment of life with everyone.
Then along come the NZ police sucking up to the FBI and their crushingly restrictive practices, completely foreign to the NZ way of doing things.
Luckily the NZ Courts have a better understanding of NZ rights and hopefully their view will prevail against the NZ Police and override their betrayal of what our system should be.
Good luck Dotcom, please accept our apology for the way the NZ Police have acted and we wish you all the best in denying the greedy Movie and Music monopoly an unfairly gained victory. Paul
25/05/2012 2:54:57 p.m.
Who released the information to FBI,did it happen after the Banksie controversy, it all seems very underhanded. an agreement is an agreement "come on be fair"
this man is being unjustly treated
24/05/2012 7:21:17 p.m.
Hey Kim Dotcom loved the fireworks show ya shouted us in Auckland a few years back. Good luck with your court battle!
24/05/2012 1:26:22 p.m.
Ahahaha! On the one hand the prosecution won't give the defence a copy because in the words of their lawyer, it may result in the data being compromised. And they have already copied the data! So if the prosecution are to believed then the data is already compromised and IMO is now inadmissable as evidence. They can't have it both ways!! Idiots.
24/05/2012 12:51:45 p.m.
To Kim Dot Com - as a NZer I am ashamed and saddened to read you have been so unfairly treated by NZ Police, Govt and judicial system. I do not particularly support copyright infringement but this is not a terrorist crime that justifies the police, Govt or Crown Law treatment of you. Please know that you have the support of many New Zealanders who are very surprised and concerned to read what has happened to you.
24/05/2012 9:38:07 a.m.
This guy has been victimised from the start, he may have some playboy ways and to be honest the NZ media has shown huge amounts of tall poppy syndrome when reporting about Kim. He obviously leads a lifestyle that alot of Kiwi men wish they could.I hope he takes NZ authorities to task over this issue whether he is guilty or not the way he has been treated is nothing short of shameful and shows NZ authorities in a very unprofessional light.
24/05/2012 9:30:43 a.m.
Dotcom worries about illegal file copying? Errrrr.......
24/05/2012 7:04:16 a.m.
An agreement is an agreement. If the police have somehow breached a clear and explicit undertaking, why and on whose authority? What is going on here?
24/05/2012 6:35:59 a.m.
Is Kim Dotcom still here? I thought he was supposed to have fled overseas, or at least that is what the Crown lawyers said would happen.
I think there needs to be an inquiry into the actions of the Police and the Crown Lawyers (Crown Law) in relation to this. There seem to be so many elements that are unsatisfactory and which point to the NZ authorities of bending over for the FBI on virtually every aspect of the case.
24/05/2012 3:33:13 a.m.
This whole case stinks.This is not Vietnam or Afghanistan.Can we hand back those dvd,s from America when they give false readings on regional codes for playing movies.......noooooooo
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