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Shocking evidence suggests US set-up in Megaupload case

by Alistair Lowe on 27 November 2012, 10:45

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We had heard back around the time of the original case that there had been some incorrect fillings when it came to US authorities obtaining a warrant for the seizure of Kim Dotcom's estate in New Zealand, however, previous coverage of these details may have been somewhat of an understatement, as The New Zealand Herald claims to have uncovered.

The paper purports that evidence it has uncovered shows that a search warrant had been filed against Megaupload back in 2010, forcing the firm to preserve some allegedly "pirated material".

It was this very same material that US authorities, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Homeland Security, referenced in order to obtain permission to seize and shut-down Megaupload services. That's right folks, the information suggests that Megaupload was set-up!

Megaupload Set-up

 

"We were informed by (the US Government) we were not to interfere with the investigation. We completely co-operated, then the FBI used the fact the files were still in the account of the... user to get the warrant to seize our own domains. This is outrageous." stated Mr Dotcom.

 

The Herald's report, which comes straight from the horse's (FBI's) mouth, following a petition made to a US District Court for release of the information, claims that 36 of the 39 files uncovered in the 2010 investigation that led to the search warrant had been referenced in the 2012 case, "What we have uncovered, in our view, is misleading conduct," stated Ira Rothken, Kim Dotcom's lawyer, "It looks like the Government wants the confidentiality because they would be concerned their conduct would be scrutinised."

Certainly, this is enough evidence to potentially derail the whole case against Kim Dotcom, it's also serious cannon fodder for any angry users with lost content, it'll be interesting to see how matters progress following this fairly shocking development.


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Ahahaha. This story keeps getting better and better. Is there some kind of anti-SLAPP equivalent Kim Dot Com could be bringing against the FBI/loss of earnings/damage to reputation. They may be protected under US law but can he pursue them through the NZ courts. This could be hilarious.
hexus
Certainly, this is enough evidence to potentially derail the whole case against Kim Dotcom
Gotta love those certainly maybe statements ;)
Well played, FBI, well played... :clapping: :rolleyes:
kalniel
Gotta love those certainly maybe statements ;)

Given the right conditions and events, there's potentially a 100% chance of this affecting OUR children! Are you OK with this? I know I'm not.