In January 2012 TEK reported that Megaupload bosses were under arrest and the site closed down by the authorities. More than two-years later Megaupload boss Kim Dotcom, aka Kim Schmitz, is back making headlines as Russia Today reports:
"Megaupload founder and web tycoon Kim Dotcom has accused the New Zealand spy agency of getting rid of the information necessary for his $6.9 million damages hearing. "The GCSB spy agency seems to have deleted evidence relevant to my case against the GCSB for illegally spying on NZ residents,'' Dotcom tweeted." In truth Kim has hit the headlines now and then since his 2012 arrest. In January it was for launching a political party and holding a massive 40th birthday party bash; it had a guest list of 15,000! Larger than life Mr Dotcom though is back in the news this week with reports that the New Zealand spy agency not only illegally wiretapped him but has now deleted key evidence ahead of a hearing. Monday he tweeted: Kim Dotcom @KimDotcomFollow BREAKING NEWS: The GCSB spy agency seems to have deleted evidence relevant to my case against the GCSB for illegally spying on NZ residents. 9:00 AM - 3 Feb 2014.
Allegations that the NZ spy agency deleted key evidence has ruffled political feathers and questions have been asked in parliament. It was a gift to the Labour Party, opposition, associate Security and Intelligence spokesman Grant Robertson. He said any such deletion had "serious implications" in the megaupload case. He went on "More than that, it calls into question claims John Key made in Parliament in 2012 that the GCSB does not delete files.
Green Party co-leader Russel Norman called the move “basic contempt of court.”
Key however denies the claims saying they are “completely and utterly wrong.” "Legal documents created by the GCSB are held in their system forever. Raw intelligence by law has to age off the system if it's no longer relevant" he added.
That however seems a nonsense when the legal process takes a length of time.
Kim Dotcom is another man wanted by the USA. The Megaupload website had around 50 million users each day before it was closed down. He launched a massive law suit to challenge what happened in the lead up to his arrest; the USA is in the wings biding its time, waiting to extradite him.
The big question now is, will he get a fair hearing if evidence is missing?
Seems well before the world had heard of Edward Snowden and allegations of western spying the writing was on the wall; surveillance was a fact of life.
In 2014 in the UK David Cameron has said he still wants to implement the Communication Data Bill which flopped last year and never made it into law. Why? TV crime dramas like Homeland and Sherlock show why we need snooping laws to catch terrorists, Cameron claims. Unbelievable!