Kim Dotcom Says That Tons Of User Data Is Gone After Megaupload Servers Were Wiped 'Without Warning'

RTR3CMO6Kim Dotcom gestures as he speaks during an interview with Reuters in Auckland January 19, 2013.

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom says that millions of personal Megaupload files have been destroyed by the file-hosting service Leaseweb, despite repeated requests from his lawyers that Leaseweb protect the servers while Dotcom is prosecuted by U.S. authorities.

The dual citizen of Germany and Finland said the data included “petabytes of pictures, backups, personal & business property.”

Before it was shut down in January 2012, the file-sharing site Megaupload was one of the world’s most popular websites — millions of users stored data, either for free or by paying for premium service. The site carried 4 per cent of internet traffic.

Dotcom, 39, is currently fighting extradition to the U.S. relating to charges including engaging in a racketeering conspiracy, conspiring to commit copyright infringement, conspiring to commit money laundering, and two counts of criminal copyright infringement.

Dotcom partly blamed the U.S. government for the deletions. He said his team asked the Justice Department (DOJ) to release some of Megaupload’s $42 million in frozen assets so that they could buy all of the servers but the DOJ refused.

The news is a big blow to Dotcom, who has won a string of legal victories over the last year. He seems pretty broken up by it:

Dotcom’s legal team has been pushing to gain access to documents — including nearly 22 million emails — that were seized in the January 2012 raid on his New Zealand estate.

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