Megaupload boss Kim Dotcom has revealed information he says point to U.S. Vice President Joe Biden calling the shots on the shutdown of the Mega empire of sites.
Dotcom revealed the information to TorrentFreak which says that Dotcom got his insider information from a credible but unnamed source.
“I do know from a credible source that it was Joe Biden, the best friend of former Senator and MPAA boss Chris Dodd, who ordered his former lawyer and now state attorney Neil MacBride to take Mega down,” he told TorrentFreak.
According to Dotcom, his source searched the publicly available White House visitors login to uncover that Biden had meetings with big players in the Motion Picture Association of America.
“After we received information from an insider we scanned the White House visitor logs for all meetings of Chris Dodd and studio bosses with Joe Biden and Obama. They are publicly available on the White House website,” Dotcom told the publication.
According to the Megaupload founder, there was a meeting at the White House on July 27, 2011 attended by Biden and the following individuals:
“Barry Meyer – CEO Warner Bros Entertainment
Brad Grey – CEO Paramount Pictures
Michael Ellis -Managing Director MPA Asia Pacific
Chris Dodd – CEO MPAA
Jeff Blake – Vice Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment
Ronald Meyer – President Universal Studios
Michael O’Leary – MPAA Senior Executive Vice President for Global Policy and External Affairs
Robert Regan – (?)
Rich Ross – Chairman of Walt Disney Studios at the time”
As for Ellis, Dotcom said: “It is interesting that a man by the name of Mike Ellis of MPA Asia, an extradition expert and former superintendent of the Hong Kong police, was also at a meeting with Dodd, all studio bosses and Joe Biden. The same Mike Ellis met with the Minister of Justice Simon Power in New Zealand.”
Dotcom is fighting extradition to the U.S. initiated by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Drawing parallels between movies or books and the Megaupload case, Dotcom told TorrentFreak that they “will release what we know” when the “appropriate time” comes. “The whole Mega case is quite the political thriller,” he added.
Back in January, Megaupload and its sister sites including Megavideo were shutdown in a sweeping international operation orchestrated by the FBI.
Dotcom, along with three other people who were connected with Mega sites, was arrested. Up to seven people have now been arrested in connection to Megaupload. The Megaupload founder was arrested in his rented mansion in New Zealand, the most expensive house in the country.
He has said in the past that he has been treated badly by the New Zealand police and that the operation was overkill. In the raid, police officers backed by hovering helicopters stormed his mansion, confiscated up to $11 million in cash, his computers, and his fleet of 18 expensive cars.
Recently, there has been a change in the perception of Kim Dotcom as he has gained the sympathy of more and more individuals in the community particularly in New Zealand.
Last month, Apple cofounder and tech luminary Steve Wozniak visited Kim Dotcom in his home were he is on house arrest after being granted bail. Wozniak said that he met with Dotcom after he learned that the Megaupload cofounder could not meet him after he spoke at an event in New Zealand.
In a subsequent interview with The Associated Press, The Woz – as is wont of tech industry followers to call him – expressed his support for Dotcom. “It’s just kind of ridiculous what they did to his life. An awful lot of Kiwis support him. The US government is on thin ground,” The Woz told the AP.
Likening the Megaupload site to a highway with legitimate users who store legal files on the site to law-abiding drivers and pirates to speeders, Wozniak said: “You don’t just shut down the whole street because somebody is speeding.”
Since the shutdown of Megaupload, users of the site who have stores only their personal and legitimate files on the file storage and sharing site have been clamoring for U.S. authorities to free their files. Steve Wozniak is a financial supporter of the Electronic Frontier Foundation which is helping legitimate users of Megaupload to get their files back.
Meanwhile, in another win last month, a New Zealand High Court judge invalidated the warrants used in the New Zealand raid on the Dotcom Mansion.
Judge Helen Winkelmann said in her ruling that:
“The warrants did not adequately describe the offences to which they related. Indeed they fell well short of that. They were general warrants, and as such, are invalid.”
She also said that the FBI cannot copy and move data from Dotcoms computers from New Zealand to the U.S. as this would be illegal.
As of now, Megaupload and its sister sites are still offline showing the takedown notice of the FBI on the site.