Kim Dotcom Snipes At US Government Officials

Flamboyant Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom took a swipe at the US government in his first interview since being released on bail last month. Dotcom told file-sharing blog Torrentfreak about his “discovery” and plans to reunite US officials with their Megaupload files.

Guess what – we found a large number of Mega accounts from US Government officials including the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the US Senate. I hope we will soon have permission to give them and the rest of our users access to their files. Megaupload’s legal team is working hard to reunite our users with their data. We are negotiating with the Department of Justice to allow all Mega users to retrieve their data. employees Bram van der Kolk, also known as Bramos, left, Finn Batato,second from left, Mathias Ortmann and founder, former CEO and current chief innovation officer of Kim Dotcom (also known as Kim Schmitz and Kim Tim Jim Vestor), right, appear in North Shore District Court in Auckland, New Zealand, Friday, Jan. 20, 2012. The four appeared in court in relation to arrests made to, which is linked to a U.S. investigation into international copyright infringement and money laundering. employees (L to R) Bram van der Kolk, also known as Bramos, Finn Batato, Mathias Ortmann and founder Kim Dotcom (AKA Kim Schmitz, AKA Kim Tim Jim Vestor). (AP)

Call it ignorance, arrogance or plain stupidity, Dotcom’s stunt isn’t going to go down well with US DOJ officials. He denied allegations of piracy and claimed the whole case against him was purely political in nature. Dotcom’s penchant for outlandish claims  is renown. While his mildly veiled threat at the US officials look like a desperate attempt to sway opinions — or at the very least get some people very uncomfortable, it smacks of desperation. But Dotcom isn’t beyond pressuring government officials to get his way.

New Zealand immigration officials recently came under fire for granting Dotcom citizenship based on his purported billionaire status and potential economic benefits to the country. Dotcom even had the audacity to give NZ immigration a deadline for approving his application or he’d take his money somewhere else, probably Australia or Canada. Maybe he thinks the same tactic will work with US DOJ, who can say.

Dotcom didn’t get rich by playing fair or telling the whole truth — and there is method in his madness, so I may not be getting the entire picture. As the drama unfolds in Kim Dotcom’s colorful life, we will just have to wait and see how he develops this chapter.