Claim: US government personnel used MegaUpload

Posted by Shane McGlaun

The legal saga surrounding the file sharing and storage website MegaUpload.com is obviously far from over, as hearings to extradite Kim Dotcom to the States for trial won't kick off until the summer.

In the meantime, Team Dotcom is dealing with a host of charges, including racketeering, copyright infringement, and money laundering.

All of the accused insist they were not involved in criminal copyright infringement, maintaining that they merely provide storage for files just as any other cloud storage provider does.

Although most of the MegaUpload controversy has centered on Kim Dotcom and his staff, legitimate users of the site are currently unable to access their files stored in the cloud. 

Dotcom says that his legal team has been working with the US Department of Justice (DoJ) in an effort to restore private files to their rightful owners.

According to Dotcom, the Megaupload database included a number of users from the US government, including the DoJ and US Senate.

"Guess what – we found a large number of Mega accounts from US Government officials including the Department of Justice and the US Senate," Dotcom told TorrentFreak. "[So] I hope we will soon have permission to give them and the rest of our user's access to their files."

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is also cataloging users of Megaupload.com who have been denied access to their personal files. The EFF says that as of now there is no decision on what to do moving forward, as it is waiting for Megaupload to conclude negotiations with the Department of Justice.

"EFF continues to identify more people who have lost access to legitimate personal files," said EFF staff attorney Julie Samuels. "Our goal is to help them get their files back as quickly and efficiently as possible."