Megaupload's Kim Dotcom Hopes to Mobilize Former Users Against Joe Biden's Presidential Campaign

Kim Dotcom

Kim Dotcom leaves court on Dec. 23, 2015. 

"Watch me in 2020."

Seven years since U.S. authorities shut down the file-sharing platform, Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is hoping to use a database of former users' emails to influence the 2020 presidential election.

In a series of tweets this morning (Aug. 12), Dotcom suggested that he plans to encourage former users of the long-defunct site to oppose the presidential ambitions of former U.S. vice president Joe Biden, whom Dotcom has long blamed for instigating the site's downfall. 

"Still waiting to get access to your Megaupload files? I will email 30 million former US Megaupload users a video link in 2020 explaining how @JoeBiden destroyed your favorite website," Dotcom tweeted. "Most of you were teenagers or students then but now you’re voters. Let’s retire Biden together."

"Those of you who followed me long enough understand my role in preventing Hillary," he added in a separate tweet. "But @JoeBiden will be my biggest pleasure. Like @HillaryClinton he’s corrupt to the core and can never become US President. Watch me in 2020."

Founded in 2005, Megaupload allowed users to download copyrighted songs, television series and movies. The U.S. Department of Justice charged Dotcom and his associates with conspiracy, racketeering and money laundering in 2012, shutting down the site; Dotcom was arrested the same year and incarcerated for a month before being released on bail. 

Currently, U.S. authorities are trying to extradite Dotcom from New Zealand.