June 25, 2008 2:37

FBI question 'Chinese Democracy' leak man

Blogger Kevin Skwerl visited by agents

FBI question 'Chinese Democracy' leak man
Kevin Skwerl, the blogger who last week leaked nine tracks from forthcoming Guns N' Roses album 'Chinese Democracy', was visited by two FBI agents yesterday (June 23) and questioned about the source of his files.

Skwerl last week posted nine songs from the album on his blog Antiquiet, but immediately erased the tracks after Axl Rose's attorneys got in touch and requested the removal.

Skwerl, a former employee of Universal Music, was visited at his office by two FBI agents who questioned him for 15 minutes about the source of the files and scheduled a house call to Skwerl’s house this morning, asking to see the original files. Skwerl did not have the files.

After posting the files last week, the blog crashed from the sheer number of visitors to the site and Skwerl was contacted by "a really cool guy from the GN'R camp that was a middle man between someone who was very angry and me. He was trying to reach out and see if I'd go without a fight, which is more or less what I did," he told rollingstone.com.

Skwerl is not stressing about any possible legal action that may be taken, saying: "I'm not so worried about that. It's a legal grey area since it wasn't for download, it wasn't a finished product. We aren't sure who owns the recordings. I feel like I might survive this."

--By our New York staff.
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