Bleich was a top lawyer for Munger, Tolles & Olson for 14 years and one of his specialties was “intellectual property”.

He claimed to news.com.au that there was no conflict of interest when he said on Facebook that it was “troubling” that Australia was one of the world’s worst when it came to illegal downloading.

“I have no connection with MTO anymore, and no economic interests in entertainment companies,” he said. 

He also said he didn’t realise the parent company of HBO, maker of Game of Thrones, was Time Warner and Warner Bros.

“I chose Game of Thrones as an example in my Facebook posts because it is popular and easily recognised, and because Australia tops the chart of countries pirating the show on a per capita basis,” he said.

After a backlash last week when he initially made the comments, he revisited the topic on his Facebook page.

“Several people wondered why a US ambassador would bother to complain about the pirating of Game of Thrones when there are so many bigger issues,” he said.

“Actually, given the overwhelming response to the topic, maybe I haven’t talked about internet piracy enough.”

The first episode of Game of Thrones season three was reportedly illegally downloaded more than one million times when it was released in March.

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