Kim “Billy Big Steps” Dotcom poses beside a car in Hong Kong. Kim Dotcom A new examination of previously published affidavits from the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB)—the New Zealand equivalent of the National Security Agency (NSA)—appears to suggest that the GCSB used the “Five Eyes” international surveillance network to capture the communications of Kim Dotcom, the founder of Megaupload.

The new analysis was posted by New Zealand journalist Keith Ng in a Thursday blog post.

If the link proves to be true, it would seem that the NSA’s vast international surveillance capability can be turned against individuals unrelated to the NSA’s stated mission to aid military, counterintelligence, or counterterrorism objectives. Kim Dotcom has been charged in the United States with copyright infringement rather than terrorism or any other violent crime.

The German-born entrepreneur is currently fighting extradition from New Zealand to the United States. Separately, he has launched a civil suit in New Zealand against the GCSB for what the New Zealand government has already admitted was unlawful surveillance. 7     

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