Kim Dotcom Offers $5 Million Bounty for InformationBy: Brian Powell - June 9, 2014
In January 2012, New Zealand police arrested internet icon Kim Dotcom due to claims from the United States that Dotcom had used his website to host pirated files, costing the music and movie industries more than $500 million in assets. While Dotcom awaits his subsequent trial and sentencing, he has ventured to the internet in order to ask for much needed help in his case against the entertainment industry.
In a tweet sent out Sunday afternoon, Dotcom offered a $5 million bounty for anyone who would become a “whistleblower” and provide his legal team with any information which could lead to his freedom. As Dotcom and his legal team see it, anyone seeking to divulge such information would be protected from any legal wrongdoings: “It is the opinion of my legal team that disclosure of such information would be lawful. I would also guarantee that any whistleblower coming forward would have the best legal representation at zero cost.”
My case is unfair: I was declined discovery I didn't get my own data back I need Whistleblowers I am offering USD $5M http://t.co/OhE7k3KlUL
— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) June 8, 2014
So what kind of information is Dotcom and his team searching for? “Let me be clear, we are asking for information that proves unlawful or corrupt conduct by the US government, the New Zealand government, spy agencies, law enforcement and Hollywood,” Dotcom stated.
Dotcom believes that the United States originally went after him and his website, MegaUpload, in order to win Hollywood’s vote for Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection.
If anyone has information one would deem advantageous to Dotcom’s trial, the information can be submitted via a new whistleblowing program released by The Guardian, the British newspaper which originally hosted the NSA documents leaked by Edward Snowden. Dotcom even provided advice as to exactly how one should proceed in providing such crucial information: “In order to be completely safe I would advise any Whistleblower not to use this tool from home or work. Go to an Internet cafe with a memory stick. Don’t use your own computer or phone. You can also buy a cheap laptop or netbook just for the purpose of leaking and destroy it after you’re done.”
If you have anything to leak about the Megaupload case: https://t.co/M2ddGUhOQR If your leak results in my victory you'll get USD 5 Million
— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) June 5, 2014
Dotcom added extra incentive to the deal by stating that he would not only provide a money reward for “case-winning information”, but for any useful information at all:
We know that there are people out there with information. I’m willing to pay for that information. I’m determined to fight a grave injustice that has been done to a legitimate cloud storage business, its 220 employees and over 100 million users. This struggle has just begun and it will take time. But in the end we shall be victorious and we shall expose those who have abused their power.
Dotcom is currently awaiting a New Zealand court’s decision as to whether or not his assets will be frozen again following the testimony from four music industry companies and six film studios on Monday.
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