Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is beseeching whistleblowers to help him in his case against the US government and is offering a bounty of $5 million to anyone with useful information. The German-Finnish entrepreneur is currently embroiled in the biggest copyright infringement case in history.
Dotcom is currently residing in New Zealand and resisting extradition to the US. Taking to Twitter over the weekend, he claimed that his case is unfair and that he was “declined discovery [and] didn’t get my own data back”. He’s offering US$5 million to anyone who can help him prove that.
“Let me be clear, we are asking for information that proves unlawful or corrupt conduct by the US government, the New Zealand government, spy agencies, law enforcement and Hollywood,” he told TorrentFreak. Dotcom is also currently facing concurrent lawsuits from the MPAA and the RIAA.
“It is the opinion of my legal team that disclosure of such information would be lawful,” Dotcom continued. “I would also guarantee that any whistleblower coming forward would have the best legal representation at zero cost.” Dotcom is adamant that the action against him has been a “contract prosecution” by the White House to secure Hollywood’s support for Obama’s re-election campaign.
Dotcom says whistleblowers should contact a well-known newspaper with a proven track-record in handling leaks to release their info, suggesting The Guardian‘s new whistleblower tool released last week. For the paranoid among you, he advises any whistleblower not to use the tool from home and instead go to an internet cafe or purchase a cheap laptop and “destroy it after you’re done.”
As for the sum of $5 million for any information, Dotcom says he’s working it out. “I’m currently in talks with my legal team about how to formalise the bounty. We will probably set up a trust account to deposit the bounty and provide terms and conditions for anyone who will provide information. I will not just offer a bounty for the piece of ‘case winning’ information but for anything useful,” he said.
My case is unfair: I was declined discovery I didn't get my own data back I need Whistleblowers I am offering USD $5Mhttp://t.co/OhE7k3KlUL
— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) June 8, 2014