Swedish Pirate Party to Host New WikiLeaks Servers

The Pirate Party will host several new WikiLeaks servers. This was agreed during Julian Assange’s visit to Stockholm last weekend, and the Pirate Party is happy to announce that everything has been finalized.

– The contribution of WikiLeaks is tremendously important to the entire world, says Rick Falkvinge, leader of the Pirate Party. We desire to contribute to any effort that increases transparency and accountability of power in the world.

Last week, the Pirate Party challenged the other Swedish parties to assist WikiLeaks in its democratic effort. The Pirate Party has been the first to step up uo the plate, and keeps calling on others to defend freedom of the press in Sweden. As a result, WikiLeaks have commissioned a number of new servers that will be hosted and taken care of by the Pirate Party.

The Pirate Party will provide bandwidth and hosting to WikiLeaks free of charge as part of its political mission.

– This is one of our signatures, says Falkvinge. We don’t just talk. We act. Using our own resources and time, we help change the world rather than pass the buck, commission reports, and avoid responsibility like other politicians.

Wikileaks have been under constant threat of being sabotaged by corrupt or abusive organisations trying to conceal the truth from the public. The Pirate Party’s offer was welcomed by Wikileaks’ spokesman Julian Assange.

– We welcome the help provided by the Pirate Party, says Julian Assange, spokesperson for WikiLeaks. Our organisations share many values and I am looking forward to future ways we can help each other improve the world.

– We hope that the new Parliament will give serious consideration to further strengthening Sweden’s press protection legislation, says Assange. Western democracies are not always as free as one might think, and freedom of the press needs constant vigilance. In particular, we would welcome Sweden copying Iceland’s Modern Media Initiative, something that the Pirate Party also desires.

– We see more opportunities down the road in cooperating with the Pirate Party, says Assange, and look forward to exploring those options.

For more information, contact:

Rick Falkvinge, party leader for the Swedish Pirate Party, +46-10-3333-401
Anna Troberg, deputy party leader for the Swedish Pirate Party, +46-10-3333-402

Comment: at the time of release, this press release had a third person listed, in the role of Swedish press secretary for Julian Assange. We were asked to remove that listing in the published release as this person is unable to contact Mr. Assange (like most the rest of the world) and this person was tired of being constantly called by all the world’s media with the expectation of reaching Mr. Assange. We are adding this comment as several people on the net have noticed that the third listed name has disappeared and have started to speculate as to the reason. Therefore, we are disclosing the quite straightforward reason.

Photos from the event:

All of these photos are free for any use, released from copyright entirely per CC0 / Public Domain. The photographer, Rickard Olsson, may be credited if desired.

Julian Assange and Rick Falkvinge writing this press release

Julian Assange and Rick Falkvinge sign the agreeement – 1

Julian Assange and Rick Falkvinge sign the agreement – 2

Julian Assange and Rick Falkvinge shake hands – 1

Julian Assange and Rick Falkvinge shake hands – 2 – with Anna Troberg

Julian Assange and Anna Troberg shake hands

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