Kim Dotcom Offers to Help Tucker Carlson Investigate Alleged NSA Spying

The founder of the file-sharing website Megaupload, Kim Dotcom, has offered to help Tucker Carlson after the Fox News host claimed that President Joe Biden's administration is spying on his show to get him removed from the right-leaning TV network.

The Fox News personality made the claims on his show Tucker Carlson Tonight on Monday evening, telling his audience that "yesterday, we heard from a whistleblower within the U.S. government."

He went on to say that the alleged whistleblower "reached out to warn us that the NSA, the National Security Agency, is monitoring our electronic communications and is planning to leak them in an attempt to take the show off the air."

Carlson said that his skepticism about the claim was alleviated when the purported whistleblower told his staff members about a story they were working on.

"[That information] could have only come directly from my texts and emails. There's no other possible source for that information, period," Carlson said. "The NSA captured that information without our knowledge and did it for political reasons. The Biden administration is spying on us. We have confirmed that."

Carlson's claims caused a stir on Monday evening as he received support from several conservatives, including Colorado Representative Lauren Boebert, who wrote: "If this is indeed true, criminal charges should be brought on those who have violated this private citizen's rights."

The host also received support on Twitter from a surprising source late on Monday, as Dotcom offered to help Carlson understand how he is allegedly being spied on by the NSA and claimed that every American journalist is being monitored.

"Someone pls ask @TuckerCarlson to send me a DM. I'll explain to him how the NSA is spying on him and his team and every US journalist / citizen by circumventing US laws," Dotcom said. "Not planning to be on his show but happy to give him the background he needs to understand how it works."

Someone pls ask @TuckerCarlson to send me a DM. I’ll explain to him how the NSA is spying on him and his team and every US journalist / citizen by circumventing US laws. Not planning to be on his show but happy to give him the background he needs to understand how it works. https://t.co/jZxTWMsi1K

— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) June 29, 2021

Carlson has not yet responded publicly to Dotcom's tweet, but Newsweek has contacted the White House, Dotcom, Carlson and the NSA for comment.

Dotcom—a German-Finnish national with a residency permit for New Zealand, is best known for founding the file-sharing website Megaupload in 2005 and the subsequent charges of criminal copyright infringement, money laundering, racketeering and wire fraud brought against him by the United States Department of Justice in 2012 over the site.

The internet entrepreneur is currently facing an extradition battle after a New Zealand court ruled in 2015 that he could be extradited to the United States, where he faces up to 20 years in prison if he is convicted of the charges.

In November 2020, New Zealand's Court of Appeal ruled that he should be extradited to the U.S., but said that the decision could be challenged through a judicial review.

Dotcom maintains that he is a legitimate businessman and that Megaupload was established as a file-sharing site. In addition to the extradition fight, Dotcom is reportedly suing the New Zealand government for billions of dollars in damages.

Kim Dotcom and Tucker Carlson
Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom (left) discusses the revelations about New Zealand's mass surveillance at Auckland Town Hall on September 15, 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand. Fox News host Tucker Carlson (right) speaks onstage during Politicon 2018 at Los Angeles Convention Center on October 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Hannah Peters and Rich Polk/Getty Images and Getty Images for Politicon