FBI Investigating Guns N' Roses Leak
Published Jun 25, 2008In the leak of all leaks, Guns N Roses long awaited and much joked about Chinese Democracy hit the internet late last week a move that this week has attracted the attention of FBI. According to Rolling Stone, on Monday some "Mulder and Scully types paid a visit to the blogger responsible for the leak, Kevin Skwerl, after reportedly receiving a complaint from GNRs main man himself, Axl Rose.
"It was kind of an ambush, Skwerl a former Universal Music employee turned web designer told the magazine. "When I came back from lunch they were waiting in the lobby for me. Its a little creepy they know where I work.
The two FBI officers reportedly questioned Skwerl for approximately 15 minutes about where he got the nine Chinese Democracy tracks, which he posted on and now removed from the blog Antiquiet, telling him they would be back for more questioning.
"I wasnt sure if they were going to come by with a warrant and trash the place, like in the movies, he said. "It was nothing like that.
Skwerl also told Rolling Stone he got the GNR tracks from an "anonymous online source" and explained that he took down and deleted the songs after being contacted by "a really cool guy from the GN'R camp. However, despite promptly removing the tracks, Skwerl was met with a cease-and-desist letter threatening possible legal action.
"Im not so worried about that, Skwerl said. "Its a legal grey area since it wasnt for download, it wasnt a finished product. We arent sure who owns the recordings. I feel like I might survive this.
"If legal proceedings come my way, Ill face them 100 percent. Im not afraid of that. I did what I did, and Ill face the music if I have to.