Dotcom says he's 'Bond villain' as NZ government admits illegal spying

Posted by Emma Woollacott

In the latest bizarre twist in the legal case against Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom, New Zealand prime minister John Key has ordered an investigation into the country's spying agency.

He's asked the country's Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security to investigate whether the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) intercepted communications without a warrant.

"I expect our intelligence agencies to operate always within the law. Their operations depend on public trust," he says in a statement on the New Zealand government's offical website.

"I look forward to the Inspector-General’s inquiry getting to the heart of what took place and what can be done about it. Because this is also a matter for the High Court in its consideration of the Megaupload litigation, I am unable to comment further."

Dotcom is currently facing charges of internet piracy and money laundering in the US, with extradition proceedings due to start in March.

"I'm now a real life James Bond villain in a real life political copyright thriller scripted by Hollywood & the White House," he says proudly on Twitter.

Dotcom says he welcomes the inquiry - and hopes to discover whether there was any US involvement in the illegal wire-tapping.

He's certainly doing rather well so far. He's managed to get himself released on mail, had the search of his house declared illegal, and won permission to access millions of dollars in accounts that had previously been frozen. He's also won the right to see secret evidence held by the FBI.