The prosecution in the Kim Dotcom extradition case released evidence that the Dotcom conspirators were under surveillance for a significant amount of time.
Anything you Skype may be taken down and used against you in a court of law.
Big Brother and Five Eyes were the unseen forces at work in a hot courtroom in downtown Federal St yesterday when the Crown presented its opening address in the extradition hearing of Kim Dotcom and his band of Euro-geeks.
The United States wants to haul Dotcom and his former executives in the so-called “Mega Conspiracy” – Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato – to East Virginia to stand trial on money-laundering and copyright violation charges.
First, they need to establish there’s a prima facie case.
And so to an upstairs courtroom in the Chorus building, packed with ladies and gentlemen from the media, lawyers in bad suits, and members of the public, including the homeless man who keeps falling asleep.
Christine Gordon, QC, led for the Crown. She had no lack of material. FBI agents accessed millions of emails between the four accused; Gordon shared some of the juicier exchanges.
She prefaced the juicy fruits of the surveillance effort by saying the case could be reduced to a single sentence.
It was a very long sentence and it had far too many commas in it. The homeless man fell asleep long before she droned to the end of the sentence; his hands with their scraped knuckles hung between his knees, and he bowed his head.
An edited version of Gordon’s verbose sentence: “This was a conspiracy to make vast sums of money knowing it was unlawfully acquired.”
Quite helpful to have it distilled down that way. Especially as the defence keeps wanting to paint a picture that they were running a file hosting service, like a “post office”. Right. Read more »