Dotcom: US govt officials had Megaupload accounts
Tue, 13 Mar 2012 2:33p.m.
Piracy accused Kim Dotcom says US government officials held accounts with his file-sharing website Megaupload which is at the centre of the world's largest allegations of online copyright breaches.
US officials allege Megaupload has deprived copyright holders of movies and music of at least U$S500 million (NZ$602m).
Hitting back at these charges, Megaupload founder Dotcom, who is on bail awaiting a US extradition hearing in August, told file-sharing news website Torrentfreak.com: "Guess what? We found a large number of Mega accounts from US government officials including the Department of Justice and the US Senate."
Dotcom told Torrentfreak his legal team is working to "reunite" users of the website with data they had stored on Megaupload.
The site was shut down shortly after Dotcom and his three co-accused were arrested on January 20 after a spectacular police raid on his $30-million rented mansion in Coatesville, north of Auckland.
"Megaupload's legal team is working hard to reunite our users with their data. We are negotiating with the Department of Justice to allow all Mega users to retrieve their data," he says.
"I hope we will soon have permission to give them [US officials] and the rest of our users access to their files."
Dotcom is facing internet piracy charges in the US.
His New Zealand-based co-accused are Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato who are all on bail.
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27/03/2012 9:50:36 a.m.
Jim Seaview wrote:
QUOTE: "Megaupload founder Dotcom, who is on bail awaiting a US extradition hearing in August, told file-sharing news website Torrentfreak.com: "Guess what? We found a large number of Mega accounts from US government officials including the Department of Justice and the US Senate."This statement alone just shows you the hypocracy of the FBI and the CIA. Their own staff, Justice and Senate staff use Magaupload and now they want extradite Dotcom for ALLEGED Internet piracy. These are the same two organisations that made allegations to the the world that Iraq had WMD Weapons of Mass destruction and later the USA and its allies invaded Iraq, thousands of innocent people were killed. After the country was searched they found absolutely nothing and the conclusion was that the FBI and CIA actually meant WMD should have been "Weapons of Mass Deception". No apology!!!!The USA then left Iraq in a bigger mess than before their lies - but the USA have a long history of this.When are the NZ Police going to stop being the lapdog of the USA?
13/03/2012 5:27:18 p.m.
If anything proves how farcical the charges against this man are its this. The US's own people were using this site which is apparently a hotbed of piracy and law breaking.
If it wasn't for the fact we have a weak NZ government that doesn't have the courage to tell the FBI to bugger off and come up with some real charges this would have all the makings of a good joke.
13/03/2012 4:14:37 p.m.
Well, was it mentioned that it was him personally checking those accounts?
13/03/2012 3:08:13 p.m.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't it a condition of his bail that he not access the Internet??
13/03/2012 2:53:08 p.m.
Whoops - now who's investigating whom in the US? FBI is watching everyone - including it's own US Department of Justice - I wonder if they'll find any illegal documents in this group of documents or they're just sniffing around hoping..Maybe we'll see some senators up for investigation and arrest next?
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