Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom’s pariah status is such that supporters take his statements as fact rather than hot air – witness TorrentFreak’s “New Megaupload Will Be Massive Global Network To Change The World” headline yesterday.

Neutral observers will take a wait-and-see approach to Dotcom’s latest Twitter barrage promising great things for a relaunched Megaupload. “Developers get ready. The Mega API will provide incredible powers. Our API and your Mega tools will change the world,” he tweeted.

“We are building a massive global network. All non-US hosters will be able to connect servers & bandwidth. Get ready. The new Mega will offer one-click-encryption of ALL your data transfers, on the fly, easy to use, free of charge, TOTAL PRIVACY! They abused the wrong guy. I am going to turn this world upside down. Power to the people. Bye bye Echelon. Hello Freedom.”

Well, indeed. We’re still waiting for Dotcom to make good on his last bullish set of promises for D2C service Megabox, complete with “some of the world’s top artists”.

Which is not to say that the new Megaupload and its API will be vapourware, but more that Dotcom’s public statements deserve proper scrutiny and a pinch of scepticism, rather than mere cheerleading – or, indeed, condemnation.

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