Police officials reveal details of the Megaupload raid

Thursday's shut down of the file sharing site Megaupload on piracy charges were just part of the moves made on the company by US government law enforcement officials. The FBI, working with local New Zealand police, also raided the mansion of Megaupload's founder Kim Dotcom (formerly Kim Schmitz).

Now Reuters reports that more information about the raid on Dotcom's mansion has come to light. Police officials in New Zealand said that when they began the raid, Dotcom refused to let them enter the premises. Detective Inspector Grant Wormald said, "Despite our staff clearly identifying themselves, Mr Dotcom retreated into the house and activated a number of electronic-locking mechanisms."

Ultimately, Dotcom barricaded himself into a safe room when police officers broken into the mansion. Police had to cut through the safe room's doors to finally get to and arrest Dotcom. Wormald said, "Once they gained entry into this room, they found Mr Dotcom near a firearm which had the appearance of a shortened shotgun. It was definitely not as simple as knocking at the front door."

As we have reported earlier this week, police officials seized a number of vehicles at DotCom's mansion as a result of the raid. The cars had custom license plates with names like KIMCOM, HACKER, STONED, GUILTY, MAFIA, GOD and POLICE.

Dotcom and three other Megaupload team members are currently in jail awaiting a hearing on Monday. Three other people also charged in the case are still at large.

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This guy didn't do anything different than what official Banksters do to every single American Citizen but it is legalized, but people are dumb to see how much crap is against Constitution. The only way to fight Banksters and ******* back is with very Constitution.

I want to know when I can have my legit storage media back?

I own the copyrights to it, it was easier to have this site store it due to cost of bandwidth etc.

Regardless of how shady/dodgy/etc Kim DotCom is, the fact is that nobody has yet been found guilty of ANYTHING, yet the corrupt law enforcement and government officials in the USA who live in the back pocket of the big media companies have already enacted the punishment in the form of killing megaupload.com. What happened to innocent until proven guilty in a court of law?

TCLN Ryster said,
Regardless of how shady/dodgy/etc Kim DotCom is, the fact is that nobody has yet been found guilty of ANYTHING, yet the corrupt law enforcement and government officials in the USA who live in the back pocket of the big media companies have already enacted the punishment in the form of killing megaupload.com. What happened to innocent until proven guilty in a court of law?

he is still innocent, whats your point? The court of law, and court of public opinion are two very different things.

I am Reid said,

he is still innocent, whats your point? The court of law, and court of public opinion are two very different things.

the POINT is the site is offline and the way they handled him is far different from the way the treat other white collar criminals/suspects genius. It's stunning how naive people are.

TCLN Ryster said,
Regardless of how shady/dodgy/etc Kim DotCom is, the fact is that nobody has yet been found guilty of ANYTHING, yet the corrupt law enforcement and government officials in the USA who live in the back pocket of the big media companies have already enacted the punishment in the form of killing megaupload.com. What happened to innocent until proven guilty in a court of law?

a) megaupload.com is down because there is a COURT ORDER on the basis of reasonable evidence to take it offline
b) corrupt law enforcement and government officials in the USA -> care to prove this?
c) ho live in the back pocket of the big media companies -> care to prove this? Last I checke it was the taxpayer paying their salaries
d) What happened to innocent until proven guilty in a court of law? - they are still considered innocent. The site is down because a court decided it needs to be. Free welcome to comment how corrupt the US judiciary is.

While I'm sad to see megaupload go, I read a bit about the owner of the site just before xmas and I thought he was really shady

He sold a legitamate and wealthy German business for $100 million. Then invested the money...in several smart and legal ways. It takes money to make money.

He had Kimpire, Megarotic, Megaupload, Kimvestors, and many other businesses. The house he lived in was $30 Million. The Insider Trading charges WERE DROPPED by Germany's Clean-Slate Law... and furthermore, the charges were no different than you walking across a street in a town you just came to, and it was illegal to walk "East" anywhere...

It's not that I have sympathy or anyone does... but the guy bought NZ fireworks displays, he did help others, and overall people are super jealous this guy lived the life he did. So much so, that he is now in jail over something he really did not control, which is other people's actions. It's like a Gun Range... they rent em, but are they held liable for those who choose to kill themselves in their establishments? Nope

XPGoD said,
He sold a legitamate and wealthy German business for $100 million. Then invested the money...in several smart and legal ways. It takes money to make money.

He had Kimpire, Megarotic, Megaupload, Kimvestors, and many other businesses. The house he lived in was $30 Million. The Insider Trading charges WERE DROPPED by Germany's Clean-Slate Law... and furthermore, the charges were no different than you walking across a street in a town you just came to, and it was illegal to walk "East" anywhere...

It's not that I have sympathy or anyone does... but the guy bought NZ fireworks displays, he did help others, and overall people are super jealous this guy lived the life he did. So much so, that he is now in jail over something he really did not control, which is other people's actions. It's like a Gun Range... they rent em, but are they held liable for those who choose to kill themselves in their establishments? Nope

secretly buying a bunch of stock in a company for cheap when things are going downhill, and then announcing you are going to invest a bunch of money into the broke company causing the stock to skyrocket only to now sell it for a huge profit is not the same as walking across the street. Its highly illegal, and even Martha Stewart couldnt get away with it, and neither could this scum.

Again, anyone who doesn't know who this guy is, Google his name. He's been in and out of trouble for 20 years, related to insider stock trading, embezzlement, fraud, all kinds of stuff.. He lives in I think a 20 million dollar house, which he likely scammed his way into that cash. So he isn't your regular guy running a warez site, so you really shouldn't have much sympathy for him.

Megaupload business was just a hogwash. There must be more to do with his other crimes. Or adding twist to the tale. "MPAA and record industry had huge backroom deals to set FBI in motion because they were threatened by Megaupload's new business model of paying artists"

haha.. Something makes me think that megaupload wasn't what he is scared about. Wonder what other misdemeanor offences he's going to face now.

srbeen said,
haha.. Something makes me think that megaupload wasn't what he is scared about. Wonder what other misdemeanor offences he's going to face now.

He's been charged on a couple of felony offenses including money laundering. You can guess the rest.