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In defence of Kim Dotcom…

13 Jun 2013

Following the illegal surveillance of the Megaupload founder, why have heads not rolled within government?

That is the question on the tip of Hank Wolfe's tongue, a University of Otago security expert who believes charges should be laid and the government should "fess up" to its part in the spying saga.

Dotcom's extradition case hearing was delayed once again earlier this week, but Wolfe believes the focus should be on those in office, not the internet mogul.

"The whole case is illegal for so many reasons," he told Stuff.co.nz.

"The FBI stole his material. They had no right to do that. The GCSB had no right to surveil him.

"They didn't have a proper warrant. They broke the law."

After ordering an inquiry into the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) after the unit’s staff were alleged to have unlawfully acquired communications relating to the Megaupload case, Prime Minister John Key has yet to make anybody accountable.

Backing up Dotcom's recent "White Paper" report, which claims the case against him is extraordinary because it is "so clearly meritless", Wolfe believes nobody is bigger than the law.

"The law is equivalent for everybody," he told Stuff.co.nz.

"No one gets special treatment under the law. If I broke the law I'd be indicted. If you broke the law you'd be indicted.

"So, if the GCSB, the police or anyone else has broken the law who's going to be indicted and prosecuted and when exactly is that going to happen?"

Dotcom, who branded US government whistleblower Edward Snowden a hero this week, will make the GCSB accountable however, with his lawyer Ira Rothken tweeting in March:

“We look forward to holding GCSB spy org accountable. Doing so will not only protect @KimDotcom’s rights but the rights of all NZ residents.”

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