New Zealand Prime Minister Apologizes to Kim Dotcom as Megaupload About to Relaunch

September 27th, 2012 at 9:50 pm

New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key has issued an apology to Kim Dotcom, the Internet mogul who owns Megaupload that has become the center of a legal battle against the United States government amid widespread copyright infringement charges.

“I apologize to Mr Dotcom,” Prime Minister Key’s statement begins. “I apologize to New Zealanders because every New Zealander… is entitled to be protected from the law when it comes to the GCSB (Government Communications Security Bureau), and we failed to provide that appropriate protection from him.”

PM Key is referring to the spying incident conducted by the New Zealand government leading to the take-down of Dotcom. Apparently, the surveillance was conducted under the impression that Dotcom was a foreign national when in fact he had acquired residency status, thus making him eligible to every rights of the country.

It remains unclear how this development would affter the case against Megaupload and Dotcom, who is currently released on bail. The United States still seeks for Dotcom’s extradition. Following the apology, Dotcom took to Twitter and called on US President Barack Obama to “be good, fix the Megaupload mess, be the Internet hero, win another term with Mega users & I help Hollywood.”

There has also been reports that Megaupload is about to relaunch its service. This would be the return of happy days for those who… uh… like to store personal videos in the site.

Source: Torrentfreak, via TechCrunch


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