Kim Dotcom attacks spy agency ahead of PM showdown

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Associated Press

Posted on July 2, 2013 at 11:04 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 3 at 2:07 AM

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Indicted Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom has gone on the attack against New Zealand's foreign spy agency ahead of an eagerly anticipated showdown with Prime Minister John Key.

In written testimony before New Zealand's Parliament, Dotcom said he's "shocked that anyone would consider" giving the agency additional powers after it was found to have acted unlawfully in his case.

New Zealanders are awaiting a piece of political theater later Wednesday when Dotcom gets to elaborate on his submission at a committee chaired by Key.

Parliament is considering expanding the powers of the Government Communications Security Bureau.

In his testimony, Dotcom says he was "assaulted" during his arrest last year.

U.S. prosecutors are trying to extradite Dotcom, claiming he facilitated massive copyright piracy through his website. Dotcom denies the charges.

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