The anti-terrorism unit suited up.
This was an international affair… a deal between the USA and New Zealand, two members of the Five Eyes intelligence alliance.
Helicopters, tactical suits, high caliber firearms—the whole shebang. They busted in the doors and successfully raided the multi-million-dollar compound.
What was this… capturing the next in line after Bin Laden? Busting an international human trafficking ring?
Actually, elite New Zealand law enforcement was acting at the request of the United States to arrest a guy named Kim Dotcom.
Kim Dotcom is a large, jovial man of German-Swedish origins. He founded Megaupload, an online platform that allowed us to basically watch movies online for free.
Unfortunately for Kim, a lot of that content included American movies, with American copyrights.
US artists didn’t get their money, which meant the US government didn’t get its tax dollars.
But Kim Dotcom was a German citizen hanging out in New Zealand. So tough luck for the USA, right?
Wrong. US jurisdiction extends globally… and the government is getting its pound of flesh.
Violate US copyright laws, and get your door kicked in by a SWAT team, even half a world away.
Then there was the Australian, living in London who shared leaked, classified and sensitive documents with the public.
I’m talking about the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange.
He walked into the Ecuadorian embassy in London six years ago, asking for asylum.
There was a Swedish warrant out for his arrest, alleging rape charges. He faced extradition to Sweden, and feared he would then be turned over to US authorities… who wanted Assange taken down for exposing the extent of the spying the US government was carrying out on its own citizens.
For years it was suspected that there was a sealed US indictment…