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Kim Dotcom traces Megaupload raid to Wikileaks donation

Small tribute leads to big trouble
Mon Nov 25 2013, 10:02
Kim Dotcom Megaupload

FILESHARING MAGNATE Kim Dotcom reckons that a donation to Wikileaks kicked off all the trouble that saw his Megaupload service shut down.

Dotcom, who lost Megaupload but launched Mega a year to the day later, has been profiled in a book. We've not seen it yet, but Torrentfreak has. It reported that Dotcom said that a €20,000 tribute sent to Julian Assange's Wikileaks could have triggered his problems.

David Fisher's book, "The Secret Life of Kim Dotcom - Spies, Lies and the War for the Internet", was written with access to Dotcom and reveals new information about a colourful character who lives in the spotlight.

An excerpt from the book shows Dotcom speculating on the situation. He said that he donated to the Wikileaks organisation after seeing the infamous Apache gunship video clip "Collateral Murder".

"'Wow, this is really crazy,' Dotcom recalls thinking, watching the black and white footage and hearing the operators of the helicopter chat about firing on the group. He made a €20,000 donation to Wikileaks through Megaupload's UK account," the book recounted.

"'That was one of the largest donations they got,' he says. According to Dotcom, the US, at the time, was monitoring Wikileaks and trying better to understand its support base.'My name must have popped right up.'"

There isn't a lot of meat on the bones of the suggestion, but Dotcom was happy to speculate.

He said that leaking organisations with a platform are the government's "biggest enemy and their biggest fear".

"If you are in a corrupt government and you know how much fishy stuff is going on in the background, to you, that is the biggest threat - to have a site where people can anonymously submit documents," he said. "I think the Wikileaks connection got me on the radar." µ


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