Kim Dotcom, the gargantuan of a man both in literal size and character who founded the controversial files storage and sharing site Megaupload, is saying that it’s not him and his group who are in a conspiracy. Rather, he’s saying that the entertainment industry and the U.S. government have been the one who are in a conspiracy to take him down.
Charged with conspiracy to defraud the entertainment industry, Dotcom has seen his assets as well as his empire of sites seized and frozen. In January, he as the target of a multinational sting that was led by the FBI and participated in by other law enforcement agencies around the world.
Now, in an interview with TorrenFreak, Dotcom alleges that U.S. Vice President Joe Biden along with the top brass of the U.S. entertainment industry orchestrated the takedown of the Mega sites own by Dotcom.
“I do know from a credible source that it was Joe Biden, the best friend of former Senator and MPAA boss Chris Dodd, who ordered his former lawyer and now state attorney Neil MacBride to take Mega down,” Dotcom told TorrentFreak.
“After we received information from an insider we scanned the White House visitor logs for all meetings of Chris Dodd and studio bosses with Joe Biden and Obama. They are publicly available on the White House website,” the Megaupload founder explained to the site.
This trusted but unnamed source apparently hinted of a meeting at the White House, allegedly attended by the vice president and high-ranking officials of the companies which figure heavily in the entertainment industry.
From the public logs of the White House, they found that on July 27, 2011, the following people visited the White House. Allegedly, they met with Joe Biden. Here’s the list provided by Dotcom to TorrentFreak:
Barry Meyer – CEO Warner Bros Entertainment
Brad Grey – CEO Paramount Pictures
Michael Ellis -Managing Director MPA Asia Pacific
Chris Dodd – CEO MPAA
Jeff Blake – Vice Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment
Ronald Meyer – President Universal Studios
Michael O’Leary – MPAA Senior Executive Vice President for Global Policy and External Affairs
Robert Regan – (?)
Rich Ross – Chairman of Walt Disney Studios at the time
Pointing to the workings of the group, Dotcom said of Michael Ellis:
“It is interesting that a man by the name of Mike Ellis of MPA Asia, an extradition expert and former superintendent of the Hong Kong police, was also at a meeting with Dodd, all studio bosses and Joe Biden. The same Mike Ellis met with the Minister of Justice Simon Power in New Zealand.”
Furthermore, the New Zealand Herald reports that Ellis met with former New Zealand justice minister Simon Power in March 2011.
Dotcom has been winning the support of people as of late. Back in January, the mansion he is renting, the most expensive mansion in New Zealand, was raided by heavily-armed New Zealand police with helicopters as back up. He has described previously that this operation was overkill and as of late, many people are also thinking the same way.
One of which is respected tech industry luminary Steve Wozniak. In an interview with The Associated Press, he said, “It’s just kind of ridiculous what they did to his life. An awful lot of Kiwis support him. The U.S. government is on thin ground.”
Furthermore, he openly spoke about his disagreement with how U.S. authorities handled the Megaupload case. “You don’t just shut down the whole street because somebody is speeding,” Wozniak said, comparing Megaupload to a highway with users who do not do anything illegal on the site to motorists who abide by the law and users who pirate data using the site to speeders.
Wozniak supports the Electronic Frontier Foundation which is helping lawful users of Megaupload to get their files back. The Apple cofounder also visited Dotcom last month in his house in New Zealand where he is staying on house arrest. The Woz was in the country because of a speaking engagement and visited the Megaupload founder when he learned that Dotcom could not meet him outside his home.
Furthermore, a New Zealand judge – one from the country’s High Court no less – has also ruled last week that the warrants used in the operation which saw Dotcom arrested are illegal. “The warrants did not adequately describe the offences to which they related. Indeed they fell well short of that. They were general warrants, and as such, are invalid,” Judge Helen Winkelmann said.
She also said the FBI cannot copy and transfer to the U.S. files from Dotcom’s computers unless they will break the law.
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