NZ Herald News reports anti-terrorist police raided Kim Dotcom's home to search for a "Doomsday" device the FBI feared would enable Dotcom to wipe out evidence of Internet piracy around the world. Detective Inspector Grant Wormald revealed in a High Court hearing that he was told by the FBI that Dotcom "carried a device with him to delete servers around the world". Evidence of such a device was not found.
The High Court at Auckland heard yesterday, during a judicial review of the police raid, that they did not find one, then for an hour left a prime target with exactly the sort of device the FBI believed could be used to set off the deletion mechanism.
Thirty armed police stormed Dotcom's Auckland home by road and air to find the device in the FBI-inspired raid in January. Almost 30 other officers followed to search for evidence using a warrant since ruled invalid.
Mr Davison, who had called it a "Doomsday" device, was told the device could have been triggered in seconds from any computer, laptop or phone in the possession of about 20 people on the property.
The QC then quoted police evidence which showed one of the men facing extradition was left with his iPhone for almost an hour.