Dotcom fighting against transparency

December 12th, 2013 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

Meanwhile, further revelations about the nature of the charges against the Megaupload founder could be made public, if a court lifts a suppression.

US prosecutors are seeking to expose the allegations against Dotcom and his co-accused, so victims of his alleged crime can make a claim against his cash and assets seized in the raids.

The US has asked New Zealand authorities to lift the order on the case record, an almost 200-page document with all the details – before the victims’ claim rights expire.

Dotcom is fighting the request, saying it will affect his chance of a fair trial, according to his US lawyer Ira Rothken.

A decision is expected later this week.

Dotcom relentlessly plays to the public, and tells his side of the story. Yet he is in court demanding that the other side of the story not be allowed to be made public. If he really thinks he has done nothing wrong, then why oppose it? Shouldn’t he want it released so he can rebut it in his favourite court – the court of public opinion.

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16 Responses to “Dotcom fighting against transparency”

  1. Kleva Kiwi (267 comments) says:

    Its because hes guilty as sin.
    I would expect nothing less of a hypocrite

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  2. fernglas (35 comments) says:

    If the suppression order has been put in place by a New Zealand court and they want to publish in the USA, there shouldn’t be anything to stop them, as a New Zealand court order made under domestic jurisdiction wouldn’t bind a foreign country from anything other, possibly, than publication in New Zealand. Maybe the Americans are just being polite to us??

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  3. queenstfarmer (696 comments) says:

    Maybe he can just ask his hagiographer, David Fisher of the NZ Herald, to spin it for him.

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  4. berend (1,600 comments) says:

    DPF: Dotcom is fighting the request, saying it will affect his chance of a fair trial,

    Yeah, who bothers about that?

    If you would face years of prison DPF, you would also do everything possible you could get a fair trial, even the tiniest bit could be important.

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  5. edhunter (434 comments) says:

    So the victims of his ‘crimes’ don’t actually know what they’re a victim of? Do they just think they’re victims?
    Surely it’s for the prosecution to prove their case, not Dotcom’s to prove.
    It’s akin to DNA databases like when they ask people (normally men) to provide DNA to prove they didn’t do it. It’s not up to me to prove I didn’t do something it’s up to the police to prove that I did.

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  6. peterwn (2,934 comments) says:

    fernglas – USA authorities are relying on NZ courts for an extradition order. If the USA authorities breach NZ suppression orders, then NZ courts can take that into account with their decision making.

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  7. Ed Snack (1,535 comments) says:

    This is just a way for the authorities to punish KDC without having to prove a criminal case against him. It’s for the “victims”, in this case the distributors of films and the like who are paying the US government enough money to swing this action in the first place. And yet for those who had legitimate data stored on the Megaupload servers that was destroyed by the criminal actions of the NZ and US governments, where’s their right to sue and claim compensation ?

    Anyway, how can the details of the charges influence civil actions, surely the “victims” have sufficient proof for the law breaking by KDC in order to get these criminal charges started in the first place ? Very fishy smell about this one, and I’m very surprised DPF that although I know you actively dislike KDC, you support criminal governments so strongly.

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  8. backster (2,000 comments) says:

    America has an open Justice system and they probably can’t understand why New Zealand tends to have a secretive suppressed system which upholds and favours the rights of miscreants to the detriment of victims. Neither can I.

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  9. Keeping Stock (9,788 comments) says:

    What’s the big fella got to hide then? Let’s see; what would be damaging to his ‘devoted family man’ image? Hmmm…

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  10. Ed Snack (1,535 comments) says:

    Keeping Stock, what might be damaging could be false charges laid by people who’s political directors have been paid very large sums of money (as “political donations”) in order to justify a full armed raid and extradition hearings. The US doesn’t have anything resembling “an open justice system” at all, prosecutorial over-reach is endemic, defending ones self is extremely expensive against a publicly funded charge, and plea-bargaining often the only reasonable economic choice regardless of guilt or innocence.

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  11. Manolo (12,624 comments) says:

    Fatso, the obese German, should be reveal it in an exclusive interview with John Campbell.

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  12. thedavincimode (6,114 comments) says:

    Is this fat prick still here? When will he get shipped off in the XXXXXXLLLL size orange jump suit?

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  13. Nostalgia-NZ (4,686 comments) says:

    ‘US prosecutors are seeking to expose the allegations against Dotcom and his co-accused, so victims of his alleged crime can make a claim against his cash and assets seized in the raids.

    The US has asked New Zealand authorities to lift the order on the case record, an almost 200-page document with all the details – before the victims’ claim rights expire.’

    I don’t know how the ‘victims’ can make claims if the allegations are yet to be established. His ‘cash and assets seized in the raid’ are not in his control anyway and their forfeiture is still under question. In any event, if there is some claim to be made (and it might be in fact in some circumstances be against the US Government) they could arguably be filed now anyway.

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  14. OneTrack (1,961 comments) says:

    Has our compliant media asked kdc what he thought he was buying with his “donation” to John Banks. Obviously he didnt get it.

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  15. Viking2 (10,712 comments) says:

    Meanwhile in another report it was pointed out that the FBI and its co conspirators had spent the same amount of time trying to prevent publication of all the charges.
    so a big about face from them because it suits them.

    There are thousands of victims, innocent people at that that had perfectly good data stored on megaupload who have been victimized by the FBI criminals and have had their legitimate rights to their data trampled on and their legitimate expectations that their data should have been made available to them to recover.
    The FBI and its co-conspirators are the ones who should be answering for this in court.

    Meanwhile

    Harvey and Bob Weinstein have sued Warner Bros.’ New Line Cinema claiming they’re owned a share of the profits from the second and third Hobbit films.

    In a suit filed Wednesday in New York, the Weinsteins say their 1998 sale of the rights to J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy to New Line applies to all subsequent Hobbit films. Warner Bros. elected to split The Hobbit into three films, the second of which opens in theaters Friday.

    So Warners etc are back to court for breaking their contracts as per normal.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/movies/news/article.cfm?c_id=200&objectid=11171324

    And all the while when you clever dicks thought you were safe from the Govt. criminals.

    American and British intelligence operations have been spying on gamers across the world, media outlets reported, saying that the world’s most powerful espionage agencies sent undercover agents into virtual universes to monitor activity in online fantasy games such as “World of Warcraft.”

    Stories carried overnight by The New York Times, the Guardian, and ProPublica said US and UK spies have spent years trawling online games for terrorists or informants. The stories, based on documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, offer an unusual take on America’s world-spanning surveillance campaign, suggesting that even the fantasy worlds popular with children, teens, and escapists of all ages aren’t beyond the attention of the NSA and its British counterpart, GCHQ.

    Virtual universes like “World of Warcraft” can be massively popular, drawing in millions of players who log months’ worth of real-world time competing with other players for online glory, virtual treasure, and magical loot.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/games/news/article.cfm?c_id=38&objectid=11169867

    The USA Govt and Legal system are about as corrupt as one can get.

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