It was bound to happen sooner or later: Kim Dotcom has finally sued the New Zealand government over its admittedly illegal spying against him and the subsequent raid on his house. (A New Zealand Court granted him the right to sue earlier this year.)
In court documents published for the first time this week by the New Zealand Herald, Dotcom lays out his case with many new details. In the unsealed filing, Dotcom and his fellow plaintiffs are seeking NZ$8.55 million ($6.9 million) in damages.
Last month, Dotcom alleged that the Five Eyes spy network—comprising signals intelligence spy agencies from New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, and most notably, the United States—was used against him.
Here we have someone indicted in the US by the FBI, having data from the NSA sent to the New Zealand spy agency, who gave it to the police, who arrested the man so he could be deported to the US, demonstrating that nowhere in the world is anyone safe from the arm of the US surveillance state, something the East German Stasi could never accomplish.
And, since all this was likely illegal (the search warrants used in New Zealand have been ruled invalid), he has not been found guilty. They just destroyed his livelihood, seized all his assets, froze his bank accounts and, since clones of all the data were sent to the USA, the digital data of millions is now in the hands of the Five Eyes spy network.
Luckily for him, the ineptitude of the agencies has stalled his extradition to the US. It has also allowed the NZ justice system to release some of his money so he can pay his lawyers.
Because corporations may drive our surveillance state more than terrorists. Also, as an added benefit, the USA now has all that juicy data that was likely illegally confiscated. A Win-Win.
And he may still be extradited someday to the US, to stand trial.
All because corporations drive our surveillance state perhaps more so than terrorism.