Kim Dotcom's Lawyer Says DOJ 'Blessed' Destruction Of Evidence In Megaupload Case
from the that-can't-be-good dept
Last week we wrote about the reports from Kim Dotcom that the main European hosting provider that Megaupload had used, Leaseweb, had deleted all of the data on the over 600 servers Megaupload had leased from the company with no warning. That’s kicked off something of a he said / she said between the two sides concerning what communications and business offers were made, and on the timing of everything. It does seem clear that both Dotcom’s lawyer and the EFF sent Leaseweb a notice to preserve the data, as it was a part of an ongoing criminal case. Leaseweb argues that it replied to these concerns and that it had no legal obligation to keep the data, but did so anyway for many months, before reprovisioning the servers. It also claims it gave Megaupload notice of these plans.
There’s some suggestion that Dotcom may sue Leaseweb over all of this, but a much more interesting point is made all the way at the end of Ars Technica’s coverage of the story, in which Dotcom’s lawyer, Ira Rothken, is quoted about the DOJ’s role in all of this:
“We learned that the [United States Department of Justice] blessed the LeaseWeb data destruction and we will raise these issues at the appropriate time with the Federal Court in the US.”
Of course, that’s the big issue here. If the DOJ blessed the destruction of evidence in a criminal case, that’s going to look very, very bad for the DOJ, and make it a lot more difficult for them to have this case succeed. Of course, as we’ve discussed, almost from the very beginning, it has appeared that the DOJ wanted evidence destroyed in this case (that’s from less than two weeks after the evidence was seized). It seems fairly incredible that this has remained the DOJ’s position, since it seems like an issue that is almost certain to be raised in court. If the DOJ is so confident in their case, why would it support the destruction of evidence?