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

Updated 4 years ago
Published Sep 27th, 2012 7:35PM EDT

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.”

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Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.