The Pirate Bay Founder Kept in Solitary Confinement Without Warrant, Outraged WikiLeaks’ Founder Julian Assange Calls Him Political Prisoner

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By Tarun Mazumdar | December 13, 2013 4:01 PM EST

Gottfrid Svartholm, the founder of The Pirate Bay has been held in solitary confinement since his arrival in Denmark. He has been denied access to mail and his books. In the meantime, Kristina, Gottfrid's mother has written to Amnesty hoping that they will consider improving her son's confinement situation. WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange said that TPB founder Gottfrid is a political prisoner.

TorrentFreak reported that Gottfrid's last attempt to appeal at the Supreme Court in Sweden failed, leading to his extradition to Denmark.

Reports point that Gottfrid stands accused of hacking into CSC's mainframe computers. In one of the earlier cases of a similar nature, The Pirate Bay founder was acquitted in Sweden.

Things were different when he was held in Sweden. He had access to his mails. He socialized with other inmates and read books for his studies. After arriving in Denmark, things changed completely for the Gottfrid.

Gottfrid's mother Kristina in a letter to Anmesty mentioned that her son is held in solitary confinement and treated as if he is a dangerous, aggressive and a violent criminal.

TPB founder Gottfrid's extradition and solitary confinement has incensed Julian Assange (WikiLeaks). He has been a steadfast supporter of Gottfrid's work and describes him as a "Wikileaks Consultant," via TorrentFreaks.

"It is time someone says it like it is: Gottfrid Svartholm Warg is a political prisoner and Sweden has fallen off the map of decent nations in its treatment of him. Gottfrid has always been ideologically driven to inform the world; he worked tirelessly to help WikiLeaks expose the slaughter of civilians in Iraq by a US helicopter gunship and was responsible for an important part of our infrastructure," said Julian.

"There are thousands of alleged cyber criminals, but instead of dealing with these cases, we see vast resources diverted yet again by the Swedish state into smashing Gottfrid. These attempts include the first trial of Gottfrid after US pressure (extensively documented in US embassy cables released by WikiLeaks), his subsequent rendering from Cambodia by the Swedish intelligence service SAPO, his months of incommunicado detention in Sweden, and now his irregular extradition to Denmark - for a charge he was just acquitted of," added Julian.

Gottfrid's lawyer Luise Høi stated his confinement terms as unacceptable. "It is the case that Danish authorities are holding my client in solitary confinement without a warrant," said Luise. He mentioned that the authorities need a special order if they wish to keep Gottfrid away from other prisoners.

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