Megaupload raid video surfaces online

Shows police storming home of founder Kim Dotcom

6 months ago the US government closed file sharing site Megaupload, and now the video of the subsequent raid on founder Kim Schmidt's home is available online.

Featuring police dogs and helicopters, the New Zealand raid shows the seriousness of the case against Schmidt, also known as Kim Dotcom.

In collaboration with the FBI around 70 officers raided 10 different properties linked with the file sharing website, which is believed to have made around $175 million for its founders.

"The FBI contacted New Zealand Police in early 2011 with a request to assist with their investigation into the Mega Conspiracy," said DI Grant Wormald of New Zealand's Organised & Financial Crime Agency at the time.

"All the accused have been indicted in the United States. We will continue to work with the U.S. authorities to assist with the extradition proceedings."

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Klaus Preisinger Freelance Writing 5 years ago
The seriousness of any case is determined by the amount of evidence, not the amount of force required to arrest somebody. I also find it very interesting that the NZ police seems to have been baited with terms such as "Mega Conspiracy". There are 100 other companies out there which all do the same, which is enable people to share files, many of which are illegal. What made him the target of such a raid while all the others seem to be able to continue operating without state interference? Can hysteria be used as a catalyst to prompt a justice system into starting what essentially has become a show trial?

It is not good, if trials, such as the ones against Kim Dotcom or the Assange can be interpreted as "revenge trials".
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Sebastian Moss Editor -in- Chief, PlayStation LifeStyle5 years ago
Whether he is guilty or not, the amount of force used is simply ludicrous
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Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany5 years ago
"here are 100 other companies out there which all do the same, which is enable people to share files"
There are, but in the case of Megaupload it was proved that he was intentionally allowing hosting of copyright protected files. There is were the difference is.
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James Prendergast Research Chemist 5 years ago
"Proved"? Isn't that what the court of law should determine?
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Andrew Goodchild Studying development, Train2Game5 years ago
"We wanted to match the threat level with our dress, in this case low threat, " Ok so low threat demands all those assualt rifles. If they thought he was medium threat would they have brought grenage launchers, or a tactical nuke?
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 5 years ago
Perhaps they were toy guns?
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