Back Against The Wall, Kim Dotcom Offers $5M Bounty For Whistleblowers

Kim Dotcom has a history of bad behavior that runs the gamut from computer fraud to insider trading and embezzlement. More recently, Dotcom ran Megaupload, a now defunct website that was once a popular portal for hosting files, especially copyrighted material, which is why the U.S. government shut it down in 2012. U.S. authorities are now trying to extradite Dotcom from New Zealand so that he can stand trial for various alleged crimes, and there will be a hearing on July 7 to see if that happens. In the meantime, Dotcom is fighting back with funds.

Dotcom has put the word out that he's willing to pay $5 million to anyone with information on wrongdoing by the U.S. government related to the case(s) against him. It's Dotcom's belief that corrupt government officials targeted him and his website in order to get Hollywood's support during President Barack Obama's re-election campaign.

Kim Dotcom
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"Let me be clear, we are asking for information that proves unlawful or corrupt conduct by the U.S. government, the New Zealand government, spy agencies, law enforcement, and Hollywood," Dotcom told Torrentfreak. "It is the opinion of my legal team that legal disclosure of such information would be lawful. I would also guarantee that any whistleblower coming forward would have the best legal representation at zero cost."


Dotcom is especially miffed at former Senator and current MPAA chairman Chris Dodd, as well as Vice President Joe Biden, both of which he believes "abused their political power to make the pre-trial destruction of Megaupload possible."

There's a whistleblower tool available from The Guardian that Dotcom suggests using, though he says anyone uploading information should do so at an Internet cafe or someplace other than home. He even recommends purchasing a netbook or low cost laptop to make the upload, and then destroying the system in question to avoid repercussions from U.S. authorities.

"I’m determined to fight a grave injustice that has been done to a legitimate cloud storage business, its 220 employees and over 100 million users," Dotcom added.