03 Aug NSA Monitored Kim Dotcom Illegally
The New Zealand Government Communications Security Bureau’s (GCSB) revealed that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) conducted illegal cyber espionage on Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom.
The New Zealand GCSB and U.S. NSA worked on collaborative intelligence operation that concluded in January 2012. However, GCSB claims that the NSA resumed surveillance using New Zealand’s equipment despite the scheduled end date.
NSA continued to perform limited interception of communications without GCSB’s knowledge. However, court documents and other sources could not explain how the NSA was able to infiltrate New Zealand’s equipment.
Dotcom reacted to the issue, saying New Zealand should understand how much force the U.S. government has over their information. Following the report, he said he will have his advisers take legal action accordingly.
Dotcom has been accused of money laundering and copyright infringement in connection with Megaupload. The U.S. is arguing to have him extradited from New Zealand.
Source: The Hill