“..Kim, they contend, was the Jabba the Hutt-like presence running this grand bazaar of copyright criminality with impunity from his Kiwi Tatooine -
- protected by laser break beams and guards and guns, CCTV and infrared and even escape pods — including a helicopter and high-performance sports cars.
The FBI also believed Kim possessed a special portable device that would wipe his servers all across the globe, destroying the evidence.
They called this his doomsday button.
Operation Takedown was carried out by armed New Zealand special police – and monitored by the FBI via video link.
Descriptions of the raid varied from one news outlet to another -
- but most included the cops’ dramatic helicopter arrival on the expansive Dotcom Mansion lawn and their struggles with a security system fit for a Mafia don.
We read that police were forced to cut their way into Dotcom’s panic room – where they found him cowering near a sawed-off shotgun.
That same day similar raids were under way in eight other countries where Megaupload had servers or offices.
This was justice on an epically entertaining scale, topped by a final cherry of schadenfreude:-
- the rich fat bad man humbled and humiliated – the boastful pirate king brought down.
He was cuffed and put in jail – his booty seized – his business scuttled upon the reefs of anti-racketeering laws.
If all went as planned he and his six generals would be extradited to the US to face a Virginia judge – and up to 55 years each in prison.
The message was – if it could happen to him – it could happen to anyone.
Look upon these works – ye BitTorrenters of Dark Knight trilogies – sneak thieves of 50 Cent – and despair in your pirate bays.
Justice was served – the end – roll credits.
Yes – it was a great story.
The only problem was – it wasn’t quite true…”
(ed:..this is a six-pager-profile..someone might want to email it to key..?..eh..?
y’know..!..as an f.y.i..?..
..and this is from the comments-thread:..
My god. Me and my Kiwi buddies were absolutely stunned.
You described NZ as “a Xanadu habitat for Hobbit and emu.”
There are no emus in NZ.
They are from Australia.
Time for a beer to get over this shocking international incident.
ed:..well done that kiwi..!..eh..?..)
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