Megaupload Founder Gets Apology From New Zealand's Prime Minister

By Gary Cutlack on at

You know that evil man who helped facilitate piracy across the globe? He's just earned himself a grovelling apology from the prime minister of New Zealand, over the continued mess that is his prosecution for illegal file sharing.

The Kiwi PM was forced into apologising to Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom, after it was revealed that police blunders led to the man being illegally placed under surveillance by New Zealand authorities, with the fact that Dotcom is a legal New Zealand citizen seemingly overlooked when it came to asking for permission to monitor his communications.

After explaining the changes in immigration law he believes may have complicated the case, PM John Key said: "Of course I apologise to Mr Dotcom, and I apologise to New Zealanders. We failed to provide that appropriate protection for him. It is the GCSB's responsibility to act within the law, and it is hugely disappointing that in this case its actions fell outside the law." [NZ Herald via TorrentFreak]