Quoted: apologizing to Mr. Dotcom

“I apologize to Mr. Dotcom… We failed to provide that appropriate protection for him.”

John Key, New Zealand prime minister, on the finding that the government illegally spied on Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom. New Zealand law prohibits the government from spying on its citizens and residents; the German national became a New Zealand permanent resident a couple of years ago. Megaupload, a file-sharing site, was shut down earlier this year by the FBI, which alleges the site was used to pirate music, films and other entertainment content worth hundreds of millions of dollars. In June, a New Zealand court found that search warrants used in the January raid of and seizure of items from Dotcom’s home were illegal. Dotcom faces extradition to the United States — whose case against him has been criticized as overzealous by people such as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak (see GMSV’s Quoted) and advocacy group Demand Progress. An extradition hearing is reportedly scheduled for March 2013.

 

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