[ View the story "Petition to free Pirate Bay co-founder nears 100,000" on Storify] Petition to free Pirate Bay co-founder nears 100,000 Anger spreads regarding conditions faced by Gottfrid Svartholm Warg in Danish custody over hacking allegations.
The Stream· Fri, Jan 10 2014 08:30:14
Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Prime minister of Danish Government: Pardon and release Anakata, but even more urgently, provide him with books.Dear signers!While this petition is addressed to Helle Thorning-Schmidt, we hope that it would also get the deserved attention of Barack Obama, Carl Bildt, Karen Hækkerup (Danish Minister of Justice) and Morten Bødskov (former Minister of Justice) among others. Our previous petition at Avaaz Community ...
Alongside demanding his release, the petition also expresses concern over the way Warg is being treated by Danish authorities. It compares his
isolation and lack of access to books to the treatment of Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik, who is using his time in prison to
a degree in political science from the University of Oslo.
As of now, prison authorities have left him without access to any type of reading material. He is not allowed have newspapers, magazines, books that are in the prison library, or his books that were brought from Sweden with him during extradition. Since his arrival he has received no letters, only a handful of postcards.secure.avaaz.org
Online outrage has increased in recent days, as Warg's detention has been extended to at least February 5. A Danish judge, despite
protests from journalists and Warg's lawyer, also decided to keep a Wednesday hearing secret, after the prosecution argued that information presented during the hearing, if made public, could harm the ongoing investigation.
Warg is being held in relative isolation, in conditions that his mother, Kristina Warg, has
as "torture". A Twitter account attributed to her has described those conditions.
One step for #Anakata - still so many steps to go: 9 hours with other people + 1 hour with me weekly. #Freeanakata
Police officer says he can't read English or Swedish well enough, therefore he must stop printed material for #Anakata. #FreeanakataKristina Svartholm
#Anakata is still without his books. A month and a half has passed now. "It might be a meeting about it soon", police says. Hm #FreeanakataKristina Svartholm
#Anakata is also denied magazines, newspaper clippings, any printed material such as pdf-files from scientific journals. #FreeanakataKristina Svartholm
An online "Twitterstorm" was launched on Tuesday evening, in an attempt to draw international attention to Warg's case. A
advocating his release has more than 8,500 likes.
Upcoming Twitterstorm for #anakata, Imprisoned Pirate Bay co-founder (1/7/14)thecyberguerrilla
As w/#Manning, #Anakata's solitary confinement makes a mockery of claims that it's used as anything other than a clear public warning.ChristianChristensen
Denmark has to respect human rights #Anakata #FreeAnakatanatalia rivera scott
#anakata is political prisoner in solitary confinement without conviction. #freeanakataFeniAnon
In his statement, Assange said:
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.wikileaks.org
Prior to extradition, Warg had been
a one-year term in Swedish prison after being convicted of an attack on Logica, a firm that manages personal data for Swedish public agencies. In June, he was sentenced to serve two years in prison, until a similar conviction over an attack on Nordea, a Swedish bank, was overturned in September.