In mid-January, law enforcement officials from the United States and New Zealand executed a raid of the home of Kim Dotcom, the founder of the file sharing site MegaUpload. The raid was part of the US's plan to shut down the site and arrest Dotcom and other MegaUpload team members, charging them with online content piracy.
Now a video, taken from one of the helicopters involved in the raid, has surfaced. The footage was first shown on a New Zealand TV newscast and later uploaded to YouTube. The video shows the helicopter landing inside the mansion that was being rented by Kim Dotcom, and where he, his family, his staff and others were present when the raid began.
The video also shows the helicopter circling around the mansion after landing and taking off again. It also shows footage of Dotcom testifying in court, talking about his experiences during the raid. It's clearly very over the top on the part of law enforcement officials, which had two helicopters, lots of police with semi-automatic weapons and dogs.
In June, the judge in the case ruled that the search warrants that were issued for the MegaUpload raid were made illegally. Dotcom is waiting for an extradition hearing to be held in 2013, which could see him taken to the US for trial.