FBI rations Dotcom Megaupload evidence access

Jul 6, 2012
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Back in May, the judge presiding over the extradition case between Kim Dotcom and the US government ruled that Dotcom was allowed access to the files and information that the FBI held on him. Lawyers from both sides met yesterday to argue exactly what would be handed over, the result being a 40-page document compiled from 22 million emails obtained by the FBI.

The document is a summary of all the information intercepted the FBI put into 40 pages, something that Dotcom’s lawyers argues has been cherry picked. They believe that the FBI hasn’t fairly picked from the wealth of information, and won’t be able to build its defense and argue its case effectively as a result. Paul Davison, head of Dotcom’s legal team, doesn’t see why the FBI can’t deliver all the information when everything is stored electronically.

Dotcom, meanwhile, believes it’s a deliberate attempt by the government to stall the case: “Everyone can see there is a strategy of delay on the part of the US Government and the Crown.” The FBI argues that Dotcom isn’t being tried in New Zealand, and doesn’t need to see all of the information as a result. The organization says that there’s a standard that needs to be met before all information can be disclosed, and that Dotcom’s case doesn’t meet that standard.

[via Stuff NZ]


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