LeaseWeb Deletes Megaupload's Servers Without Warning, Destroying Key Evidence
from the yikes dept
Last year, we found it absolutely bizarre that the DOJ would seize all of Megaupload’s servers, and then, just weeks later, tell its hosting partners that they could wipe those servers clean. Considering that the servers held key evidence that might exonerate the defendants in a criminal trial, it seemed insane that the DOJ was advocating for the destruction of evidence. A judge later told hosting company Carpathia that it needed to preserve the data, rather than delete it. Carpathia was annoyed at the expense, and Megaupload asked the government to free funds for the purpose of keeping the data maintained.
However, now it appears that another hosting partner of Megaupload, LeaseWeb, has wiped Megaupload’s servers clean, destroying all of the evidence, without any warning. Kim Dotcom has pointed out that his lawyers had repeatedly asked LeaseWeb not to destroy the evidence, so they were clearly on notice that they held key evidence in a criminal lawsuit, but they chose to destroy it anyway.
Even though the DOJ both supported this destruction of evidence and refused to release the funds to maintain it, it really seems like this could come back to bite the DOJ badly, because Dotcom and the other defendants can now point to the fact that the DOJ allowed for the destruction of key evidence that might prove their innocence. What a bizarre move by the DOJ.