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New Zealand Prime Minister John Key Apologizes To Kim Dotcom, Says Spying Was Illegal

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In this Feb. 22 AP file photo, Kim Dotcom, the founder of the file-sharing website Megaupload, comments after he was granted bail in Auckland, New Zealand. John Key, New Zealand's Prime Minister apologized to Dotcom on Thursday after it was revealed that the file-sharing tycoon had been illegally spied on. | AP
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New Zealand Prime Minister John Key apologized to Kim Dotcom on Thursday, saying the Megaupload founder was "spied on illegally" since he was a resident of New Zealand when surveillance was conducted, RT reports.

“I apologize to Mr Dotcom. I apologize to New Zealanders because every New Zealander…is entitled to be protected from the law when it comes to the GCSB [Government Communications Security Bureau], and we failed to provide that appropriate protection for him,” Key said in a statement obtained by the Russian news agency.

Key's apology comes on the heels of an official report into the GCSB's surveillance of Dotcom.

The Associated Press writes:

The Government Communications Security Bureau is authorized only to spy on foreigners. However, a report released Thursday by Prime Minister John Key found the agency spied on the German-born Dotcom after he'd gained New Zealand residency in 2010.

The New Zealand agency was assisting U.S. authorities who are trying to extradite Dotcom. U.S. authorities accuse Dotcom of racketeering and money laundering by facilitating massive copyright piracy on his file-sharing website.

Key said Thursday he's "very disappointed" the agency failed to understand its legal obligations.

In response to Key's apology, Dotcom tweeted Thursday:

As Dotcom's trial continues to sit in the court, Megaupload is said to be set to relaunch its service. According to The Huffington Post, a new iteration of Megaupload and a new music platform called Megabox may soon be launched.

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Filed by Dominique Mosbergen
 
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