Megaupload Founder: U.S. Government Spied on Me Illegally Through Global Spy Program

Two weeks ago New Zealand’s Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security revealed that the government had illegally spied on Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom. Specifically he said in his report that the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) carried out illegal surveillance on Dotcom, because the agency is only allowed to carry out that kind of action against foreign targets. When the news became public, New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key apologized to Dotcom.

But Dotcom is calling BS on the agency for claiming that they conducted surveillance in this way because they had no other means to track him. More importantly Dotcom believes that New Zealand authorities spied on him using the "Echelon network," a global spy program that shares information with other covert government agencies like National Security Agency (NSA).

"The interesting part is that the GCSB is one of the five partners in the Echelon project, the global spying project," Dotcom tells TorrentFreak. “They are prying on every type of communication they can get their hands on, from wireless, to Internet, to satellite, to telephone."

He contends that the NSA was sifting through the intelligence gathered by the GCSB and doing so without the proper court orders that are required to do so.

"The GCSB was utilized to surveil all my communication in order to give the U.S. Government full access to all my communication, without the requirement of a warrant, and without the ability for me to get access to transcripts or discovery," Dotcom continued. "The U.S. has used this GCSB surveillance to get real-time access to my phone calls, Internet traffic and everything, and I can’t do anything about it. They refuse to cooperate with the court and say it’s all national security."

He goes on to say that these revelations about being spied upon illegally should clear him and his co-defendants of any charges the U.S. might want to bring him up on.

"This is evidence that would clear us," he added. "If they provide us with transcripts of recorded telephone conversations, we would be very pleased, because all you can hear is that we were trying to do the right thing. It would show that we’re a good corporate citizen. "In the Indictment the DOJ alleges that Megaupload was a Racketeering operation like the Mafia. Have you ever heard of an alleged Mafia boss to get excited about surveillance transcripts that would proof his innocence?"

Source: TorrentFreak

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    GrimCW says:

    they aren't its not exactly uncommon knowledge they're also watching things like piratebay, or ISOHunt.

    they just haven't struck either because they haven't been given "reason" enough to do so yet.

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    Neeneko says:

    Given that the US has been caught using the CIA and NSA for corporate espionage before.. chances are they are spying on a lot of companies that US industries do not like…

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    Neeneko says:

    They went after Dotcom because IP holders had tried to work out another sweetheart deal like they have with youtube where their content gets higher visibility (i.e. good advertising deals).. the discussion fell apart and the RIAA/MPAA decided to make an example of him…. timing it with the SOPA failure was likely not a mistake either… it sent a strong message to companies that do not want to play ball… that they can get you even when the law isn't on their side, and they can get the federal government to do it for them.

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    Cyberdodo says:

    Megaupload had servers on US soil, so likely the government thought it could make an example of them first without creating an international incident. So they thought, anyway.  Then they would have precedent for getting more aggressive against international filesharing services.

    It's about bullying on behalf of the media mafia, not justice.

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    Mr.Tastix says:

    Whilst I've heard of the ECHELON network before (Deus Ex definitely peaked my interest in most of those conspiracy theories) I question why the US and NZ would use the network for spying on and taking down just Dotcom?

    There's plenty of other sites like his, both for file-sharing and torrenting.

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