Pirate Party comes to Wikileaks' aid

Posted by Emma Woollacott

Sweden's Pirate Party has offered to host several new Wikileaks servers and provide bandwidth for free.

The offer was made during Julian Assange’s visit to Stockholm last weekend, and will be put into action over the next few days.

The deal comes as Wikileaks and its founder, Julian Assange, have come under increasing pressure from the US government, which didn't take kindly the decision to publish documents and video relating to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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

Assange said he welcomed the help.

"Our organisations share many values, and I am looking forward to future ways we can help each other improve the world," he said.

"We hope that the new parliament will give serious consideration to further strengthening Sweden’s press protection legislation. Western democracies are not always as free as one might think, and freedom of the press needs constant vigilance."

Assange added that he would like to see Sweden take a leaf from Iceland's book. The country's Modern Media Initiative guarantees freedom of information and is aimed at making the country a safe haven for whistle-blowers.

The Pirate Party is popular in Sweden, taking over seven percent of the country's vote in last year's European elections. It plans to run again in the national elections next month.