The Daily Beast notes that in an interview with The Guardian, Dotcom draws parallels between himself and Aaron Swartz. Dotcom is courting Swartz’s supporters, recasting his legal troubles as a battle between an overweening American government and a radical defender of free speech.
All I can say, is that I see similarities in the way we have been prosecuted. I see also similarities and abuses that are happening in the case against WikiLeaks that were happening to us.
Dotcom has retained noted human-rights lawyer Robert Amsterdam, who is best known for his work defending opposition activists against authoritarian governments.