FILE STORAGE ENTREPRENEUR Kim Dotcom has released a video of the police raid on his house in January 2012.
Dotcom has been fighting to acquire all the evidence and other materials seized in the raid, and apparently is quite pleased to have obtained a copy of the video.
The video has been edited so that it is documentary in style and has a pounding soundtrack that is Dotcom's own composition, called Dance.
The video does show that the raid was no pussy-footing knock on the door. Men, dogs, helicopters and vans descend on the mansion and its rhinoceros statue.
The FBI told NZ Police that I had a doomsday device to delete all #Megaupload servers (total nonsense). That's why they used helicopters.— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) June 13, 2013
It is just under five minutes long, and makes for good viewing. According to Dotcom it was an awful and scary experience however, and at the time he complained about having his front door kicked in.
"The Megaupload Copyright Raid in New Zealand. Helicopters, Assault Rifles, Anti-Terrorism units, Attack Dogs & 72 cops terrorizing a zero-threat family" is how he describes the Youtube video.
People are everywhere in the video, as are dogs, and there is a lot of running about, gun waving and slapping handcuffs on people.
Overdubbed are comments from the people in the helicopter and other officers, including the point where Dotcom is shown and acknowledges the warrant to search his home.
Cars are shown being taken away before the video cuts to a news report about the invalidity of the raid and its resulting seizure of evidence.
Dotcom appears in court on video to repeat his testimony about the treatment he received, before calling for peace.
An alternate ending includes a nod to Al Pacino movie Scarface. µ