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The Swedish police had raided the premises of the host PRQ of Sweden in Solna in Sweden. This "host activist, who advocates a radical conception of freedom of expression including the servers hosting the download site The Pirate Bay or sites advocating pedophilia. It is also the host of Wikileaks, the site specializes in the publication of confidential documents made public this summer tens of thousands of reports of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
Swedish Internet service provider PRQ, which hosts WikiLeaks, has denied reports that it has been raided by Swedish police in connection with the whistle-blowing site. Company director Mikael Viborg this morning told Sweden's P3 News (in Swedish) that the police had left PRQ's premises in Solna after the company "raised some questions about two IP numbers". The company, which was raided by Swedish police in 2006 investigating the company's hosting of torrent tracker The Pirate Bay, said that no seizures had been made.
Police targeted 48 sites in countries including Britain, the Netherlands, Czech Republic and Hungary. Five of the arrests were in Belgium and the others were made in Norway and Sweden. The suspects are the alleged leaders of four illegal file-sharing networks and they have been charged with hacking, piracy and computer fraud. In Sweden, seven premises were raided including PRQ, which is believed to host Pirate Bay and whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks. Police made clear that the raids were unconnected to WikiLeaks. Co-ordinated by Belgian police, the operation was the culmination of a two-year investigation.