Wikileaks: US Told Kiwis “We’ll Fund Piracy Crackdown”

As Wikileaks continues with its mission to name-and-shame wrong doers and shine light on shady activities around the world, it’s now been revealed that the US offered to fund anti-piracy campaigns in New Zealand.

According to diplomatic cables released by the world’s most famous whistle-blowing site, in 2005 the embassy in New Zealand suggested that the US could hand over around half a million New Zealand dollars to help finance a music anti-piracy campaign.

In 2008 the US was dabbling again, this time pressuring the New Zealand government to put in place 3 strikes-style legislation to deal with illicit file-sharing and offering advice on how to write the new laws.

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