Kim Doctom could fill his own Year in Review list for 2012. The Megaupload mega-personality planned a cloud music service called Megabox. He unveiled a new domain, Me.ga, only to lose it in a preemptive strike by the African nation of Gabon. There were even rap songs and accusations against Joe Biden.
But hanging over all that was Dotcom's ongoing soap opera in New Zealand. On January 20, 2012, 76 police officers raided Dotcom's mansion on behalf of the US and took him into custody for extradition to face charges of racketeering, money-laundering, and copyright infringement. Twelve months later, the legal woes aren't over, and Megaupload remains down... but Dotcom is being invited to ceremonially turn on Christmas lights in the country.
The New Zealand Herald, the country's largest daily newspaper, has been following Dotcom's wild ride throughout it all. Today, the outlet published an editorial calling Dotcom "good for the country," both for the man's flair and his role in exposing politician John Banks and the ACT party.