Dotcom lawyer brands US interception of Mega data 'illegal'

A large trove of electronic communications cited as evidence in the US Department of Justice's copyright infringement case against Kim Dotcom and his company Megaupload were "illegally" obtained, the lawyer representing the file sharing service claims.

Over the weekend, the US DoJ released a 191 page document [PDF] laying out its evidence in the case against Dotcom and his associates.

It cited a large body of captured email messages and Skype conversations between the Megaupload associates, in which they discuss copyright infringement issues and other business relating to the file storage site. The messages were captured since 2007 and up to the 2012 special forces style raid with helicopters and armed police on Dotcom's Mega mansion in Auckland, the court documents show.