New Zealand's spies illegally bugged Kim Dotcom, complicity may go all the way to the prime minister's office

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13 Responses to “New Zealand's spies illegally bugged Kim Dotcom, complicity may go all the way to the prime minister's office”

  1. signsofrain says:

    The big businesses that run the government are displeased with the equalizing power of the internet on commerce, therefore dirty tricks are necessary to bring down the people that make general purpose tools that are sometimes used for copyright infringement. Only stupid, crippled tools are allowed, and only to the people that play ball. Apple can use the internet to re-define music sales sure, but they better not allow songs to be transferred OFF iPods… that goes over the line, that’s TOO useful! 

    MegaUpload was too useful to too many people to be allowed to continue existing. It might have upset the established order!

  2. mmrtnt says:

    Wait, what New Zealand?

    Your government is spying on you even though they’re forbidden by law?

    You guys will do anything to keep up with us Yanks, won’t you?

    But did the phone company help and then get granted immunity from the same government that assures you that you won’t be spied on illegally?

    Huh?

    Match that!

  3. Layne says:

    Wow, what must THAT feel like? 
    Living in a country where the government is being exposed and chastised for illegally spying on it’s citizens. Sounds crazy!

  4. adamrice says:

    “I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!”

  5. That_Anonymous_Coward says:

    It really is sad commentary when you look at the people accusing Dotcom of a crime are much larger criminals.
    The farce that is the Megaupload case is a textbook example of abuse of process and criminal conspiracy.
    Sadly we will never get the real justice demanded by these actions, and still many innocent parties are left hanging in the wind unable to get their files back or have their faith in the Justice system restored.

    Was it worth perverting the course of Justice to get a few hundred thousand from the copyright cartels?

  6. chroma says:

    This story just keeps getting better and better.

  7. Nicholas FitzHerbert says:

    Unsurprisingly this government has a history of changing the law to legalise unwarranted surveillance. We shall see how this plays out.

  8. You can view RAW HD VIDEO here 
    http://youtu.be/_GGpKff46n8  of NZ PM John Key’s grilling in the weekly Parliamentary Press Gallery press conference yesterday. 
    Full coverage  of the press conference from Scoop.co.nz is here:

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL1209/S00137/pm-announcement-on-unlawful-gcsb-activities.htm

  9. LYNDON says:

    Audio (and video) of the PM’s press conference here http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL1209/S00137/pm-announcement-on-unlawful-gcsb-activities.htm

    It’s pretty clear that this actually came to light through the court process – though it’s also clear from his answers the PM did not know that last night.

    Some analysis based on the NZ law here http://publicaddress.net/legalbeagle/kim-dotcom-and-the-gcsb/

  10. John Sweden says:

    This has the stink of NZ’s right-wing ass-lickers all over it.

  11. Alpacaman says:

    Out PM has a habit of stretching the truth to degrees I never though possible, so it will be interesting to see where this goes. Our government seems keen to improve relations with the US, which is fine I suppose – except  that it seems to involve capitulating to every whim of the States, regardless of whether we benefit from it or not.

    This is a good example, another recent one would be that the US are going to station troops here, like a dog marking its territory, really.

    I can only wonder what will happen to our nuclear free policy if the current government gets another term.

  12. feetleet says:

    Meh.  My Jdownloader has rusted in a broom closet somewhere since it dawned on me that it’s probably not a good idea to PAY to pirate.  Paper trail and all… Strange, strange choice of martyr.  I’m sure it’s no accident he was in NZ.  And now that the world is watching, NZ doesn’t – despite initial offerings – want to seem like an extradition haven.  It’s like watching OJ fumble with the glove.  It would be one thing if this guy just said F the MPAA, I’m a civil disobedient.  But no, he’s a cherub.  In every country and jurisdiction and under every law ever.  

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