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New Zealand cops feared Kim Dotcom’s belly of mass destruction

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 8:32PM EST

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If anyone thought the shenanigans surrounding Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom couldn’t get any more absurd, think again. The New Zealand Herald reports that the New Zealand police justified utilizing its elite counterterrorism unit during the raid on Dotcom’s mansion in part by claiming that Dotcom might use his stomach as a weapon against law enforcement officers. According to the NZ Herald, law enforcement officials cited claims by former Megaupload video editor Jess Bushyhead that Dotcom “body-butted” him “in the left shoulder using his stomach” to demonstrate that Dotcom was prone to violent behavior. The NZ Herald also says that police “cited a photograph of Dotcom holding a shotgun” as a reason to suspect Dotcom would be a threat during the raid.


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.