Pirate's Life

Kim Dotcom Claims the U.S. Government is Flush with Megaupload Users

kimdotcom Kim Dotcom Claims the U.S. Government is Flush with Megaupload Users

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Slick hot-tub dwelling playboy and Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is currently out on bail awaiting an extradition hearing in August, much to the chagrin of the FBI. But despite the slew of piracy-loving groupies attempting to nab a piece of that sweet, sweet billionaire tail, Dotcom has his sights set on more noble ventures: stopping the federal government from deleting all Megaupload user data.

Dotcom told TorrentFreak that his legal team is in negotiations with the Department of Justice “to allow all Mega users to retrieve their data.” The Electronic Frontier Foundation has also taken up the cause, launching the website MegaRetrieval. “When the United States Government shut down access to Megaupload, a multitude of innocent users who stored legitimate, non-infringing files on the cloud-storage service were left with no means to access their data,” reads the site. And according to Dotcom, some of those users—innocent or not—may actually be government officials.

“Guess what – we found a large number of Mega accounts from US Government officials including the Department of Justice and the US Senate,” Dotcom told TorrentFreak. Though no visible smirk was reported, we can just feel it emanating through that statement.

As The Register pointed out, the government will most likely claim that the Megaupload accounts are for “research purposes,” much like how men read Playboy “for the articles.”

Dotcom continued, “I hope we will soon have permission to give them and the rest of our users access to their files.”

He then climbed upon one of his large giraffe statues and rode smugly into the sunset, his ankle bracelet beeping wildly.

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