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Police raid Microsoft whistle-blower

One of the rumour mill’s hardest workers was raided by the police yesterday, at what appears to be the wishes of Microsoft.

If you’ve been following the rumours surrounding next-generation consoles, you’ve probably read some of the information provided by SuperDaE, someone who seems to have insider access to all sorts of gaming info and goodies.

SuperDaE’s first foray into fame (or notoriety, depending on how you look at it) came in August last year when a development kit entitled “Microsoft Durango” sold on eBay for $20,100 USD, with claims it was a dev kit for the next-gen Microsoft console.

That auction was run by none other than SuperDaE, who claimed he had one to spare.

He didn’t stop there, leaking a huge amount of information about the console that seemed plausible.

Next he went on to give Kotaku a whole lot of info about the next Playstation console, all taken from around 100 pages of Sony development kit documents. A similar amount of documentation was present for his Xbox claims too.

If the information seemed shady then, a police raid has certainly cleared those away – SuperDaE’s tweets from the last 24 hours are pretty revealing.

“Police raided me,” he sent out at 6:51 am US time (around 1 am this morning in real people’s time).

About an hour later, a new tweet read “I find it hilarious how the warrant only really mentions ‘Microsoft’, ‘eBay’, ‘Paypal’.” Bravery in the face of adversity is admirable, I suppose.

Another tweet eight minutes later revealed the raid had consisted of one FBI agent and seven or eight police, although if my house got raided I would most definitely add a few extra cops in there, some attack dogs, and a robot. RoboCop. Why the hell not?

So, the moral of the story, don’t mess with Microsoft. They have RoboCop.

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