Kim Dotcom, proprietor of the defunct Megaupload, is convinced that the raid on his company was crooked, and he's put up a $5M bounty on information that will help him prove misdeeds on the part of the US or New Zealand authorities:
"We are asking for information that proves unlawful or corrupt conduct by the US government, the New Zealand government, spy agencies, law enforcement and Hollywood." He advises whistleblowers to use The Guardian's Securedrop facility for anonymously reporting wrongdoing (securedrop was initially created by Aaron Swartz to help newspapers safely solicit confidential leaks from whistleblowers without compromising their sources).
Dotcom goes on to reiterate a long-standing claim, that the action against him and Megaupload was a "corrupt contract prosecution" carried out by the White House in order to get Hollywood's support for Obama's re-election campaign. He's interested in evidence that supports that assertion.
"Former Senator and now MPAA chairman Chris Dodd and Vice President Joe Biden in particular have abused their political power to make the pre-trial destruction of Megaupload possible," he explains.
"Joe Biden's personal counsel (while Biden was still a Senator) Neil MacBride was promoted to a top position at the DOJ and oversaw the Megaupload destruction. We have already exposed a whole range of unlawful government conduct in the Megaupload case, backed by court rulings."
So presuming people have information, what should they do with it? Dotcom suggests going to a well-known newspaper with a proven track-record in handling leaks.
(Image: Whistleblower, EFF, CC-BY)