Inquiry Into 'Unlawful Spying' Could Further Hurt U.S Case Against Kim Dotcom
It wasn't that long ago we reported that Kim Dotcom had the right to see the evidence against him in his extradition trial. That resulted in a big hit to the United States government's case against the Megaupload founder. It now seems things are going to get even worse for US authorities as John Key, New Zealand's Prime Minister, has now ordered an inquiry into "unlawful spying" as some communications were apparently obtained "without statutory authority." The prime minister asked for the investigation, citing "circumstances of unlawful interception of communications of certain individuals." Essentially those working at the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) broke a few laws. While this helps Kim Dotcom's case, it also must be embarrassing for the country's intelligence agency. Mr Key has said "I look forward to the inspector-general's inquiry getting to the heart of what took place and what can be done about it. Because this is also a matter for the High Court in its consideration of the Megaupload litigation, I am unable to comment further."
So far with the search warrant used in the raid on Kim Dotcom's home being illegal, the right to see the evidence against him and now this, it looks like US authorities are going to have a tough time bringing Dotcom to trial for his alleged copyright infringement activities.
The prime minister asked for an investigation into "circumstances of unlawful interception of communications of certain individuals" working for the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB), the country's main intelligence agency. He added: "I expect our intelligence agencies to operate always within the law. Their operations depend on public trust."
Posted by | Tue, Sep 25, 2012 - 12:30 PM