The prosecution of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has got everything that soap operas can only dream of. You have your illegal surveillance, military lightning raids and now, a white paper that basically says the White House can be bought.
The saga started when the FBI claimed that cloud storage company Megaupload was actually a sanctuary for bootlegged content and that its founder and his associates profited from it. The company was subsequently raided last year and Dotcom and his colleagues were arrested. However, Dotcom was able to escape to New Zealand and the US is waiting for the country to extradite him in order to face charges.
To counter this, a 39-page white paper officially titled “The United States vs You (and Kim Dotcom)” was published. In it, Dotcom and his lawyers Robert Amsterdam and Ira Rothken detailed how the current administration is being used as a pawn of big, international corporations, it underlined the close ties US VP Joe Biden has with the head of the Motion Picture Association of America and how the prosecution of Megaupload has no legal grounds. Lawyers for the Megaupload entrepreneur further countered that American prosecutors are corrupt and have been using underhanded tactics and misrepresenting facts.
The release of the white paper cleverly coincides with the arrival of US Atty.Gen Eric Holder to New Zealand to take part in a round table discussion with his counterparts from Australia, Britain, Canada and New Zealand.