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Megaupload creator Kim Dotcom is offering a cool £3 million to anybody who can help him fight his online piracy case against the US government. The German-Finnish cryptovillain is currently in New Zealand resisting extradition to the US on charges of copyright infringement and money laundering.
Dotcom has reached out on Twitter to any potential whistleblowers who may have information that will strengthen his case. He maintains that the charges against him are the result of a conspiracy between the US government and Hollywood (not as outlandish as it seems – industry bodies like the MPAA have brought civil lawsuits against Dotcom for copyright infringement.) All Dotcom needs is someone to help him prove it.
"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 told TorrentFreak. "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."
The Megaupload millionaire is confident that disclosing such information would be lawful, and has guaranteed any whistleblowers the "best legal representation at zero cost" just in case.
Dotcom's extradition hearing begins next month. If he is sent back to the US, he and three co-accused will face numerous charges including racketeering, money laundering and copyright theft, all of which could land them sentences of up to 20 years.
The FBI claim that Megaupload successfully made profits of around £150million and cost copyright owners triple that amount. So if you fancy £3million and think you can help Kim Dotcom's fight against the government, just get in touch. The world's most famous cybervillain needs you.
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