Mr. Schmitz’s purported evidence is a White House visitor’s log he obtained that shows a meeting took place in the White House between Vice President Biden, MPAA chief Chris Dodd, the heads of every major studio, and a lawyer with expertise in extradition.
“I do know from a credible source that it was Joe Biden, the best friend of former Senator and MPAA boss Chris Dodd, who ordered his former lawyer and now state attorney Neil MacBride to take Mega down,” Mr. Schmitz said to TorrentFreak. “It is interesting that a man by the name of Mike Ellis of MPA Asia, an extradition expert and former superintendent of the Hong Kong police, was also at a meeting with Dodd, all studio bosses and Joe Biden. The same Mike Ellis met with the Minister of Justice Simon Power in New Zealand.”
The MPAA, however, dismisses Mr. Schmitz’s allegations.
As CNET reports, this meeting was more to do with the Vice President’s upcoming trade mission to China than MegaUpload.
“The purpose of this meeting with the vice president was to discuss his [then] upcoming trip to China last August and the importance of reaching a settlement, with the Chinese government, of the United States World Trade Organization complaint against China, which would increase the number of foreign films permitted into that country and provide a better share of box office revenues,” the MPAA said in a statement to CNET.