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New Zealand government to Kim Dotcom: Sorry for the illegal spying

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 8:37PM EST

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Imagine how embarrassed President Barack Obama would feel if he had to issue a formal apology to Snooki. Well, something very similar has happened in New Zealand, as the The Wall Street Journal reports that Prime Minister John Key has apologized to Megaupload founder and tabloid magnet Kim Dotcom for government security officials who illegally spied on his communications without first obtaining a warrant. The apology to Dotcom comes in the wake of a report released by New Zealand’s inspector-general of intelligence and security earlier this week that admitted the government conducted “unlawful interception of communications of certain individuals involved in the Megaupload case.”


Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.