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Colocation Provider PRQ Raided; Wikileaks and Many Torrent Sites Offline 138

An anonymous reader writes with some chilling news about PRQ, the infamous colo founded by two Pirate Bay founders. From the article: "Stockholm police raided the free-speech focused firm (PRQ) Monday and took four of its servers, the company's owner Mikael Viborg told the Swedish news outlet Nyheter24. While a number of bittorrent-based filesharing sites including PRQ's most notorious client, the Pirate Bay, have been down for most of Monday as well as PRQ's own website, Viborg told the Swedish news site that the site outages were the result of a technical issue, rather than the police's seizure of servers." Torrentfreak is reporting that the Pirate Bay isn't using PRQ for anything important (if at all), and that their downtime is due to a faulty PDU that happened to fail as a coincidence.
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Colocation Provider PRQ Raided; Wikileaks and Many Torrent Sites Offline

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  • by davydagger ( 2566757 ) on Monday October 01, 2012 @06:58PM (#41519397)
    Same Country that wants assange on funny smelling charges of "rape", just raided his server room.
  • by poity ( 465672 ) on Monday October 01, 2012 @07:32PM (#41519739) []
    and even if the main site is taken down the mirrors will chug along.

  • by Baloroth ( 2370816 ) on Monday October 01, 2012 @07:39PM (#41519811)

    Same Country that wants assange on funny smelling charges of "rape", just raided his server room.

    Obviously not, given that Wikileaks is still up, and never went down according to the story. What are down are a couple of torrent sites. The only known relation to Wikileaks or TPB is the fact that this host has served both. Why was it mentioned in the headline, you may ask? Clickbait, so that people who were following those causes would read it, even though it was almost 100% completely unrelated in every possible way.

    This is part of the reason it is hard to take the whole "Assange is a persecuted martyr" seriously: his supporters never seem to know all the facts, they simply react. Knee-jerk reactions do not help, and make your entire position look bad. So, if you really want to help Assange and think he and his cause are worth helping, stop it, and read the damned articles. Or don't, since, you know, clickbait.

    Oh and wait for some actual information to come out, since at this point no one knows anything at all, especially given the number of technical issues (unrelated, I might add) PRQ seems to be having/have had.

  • by fredprado ( 2569351 ) on Monday October 01, 2012 @09:37PM (#41520775)
  • by psiclops ( 1011105 ) on Monday October 01, 2012 @10:37PM (#41521191)

    Because Abu Hamza [] has only one country which has to approve his extradition (instead of two in the case of Assange), has few fans (compared to Assange, who according to polls has on the order of hundreds of millions), was trying to *set up terrorist training camps inside the US* (instead of leaking videos and cables), has no "get out of extradition free" card from being charged with an intelligence-related crime (Swedish law bans extradition for intelligence matters), and on and on... and he's *still* in the UK.

    So your argument against the belief that he is only being extradited to Sweeden so that he can then be sent to the U.S. is to present evidence of how difficult is is to get someone extradited directly from the U.K to the U.S.?

    And we're supposed to worry about Julian F'ing Assange and his paranoid fantasyland? Especially after this []?

    you're sourcing a news article that's nearly 2 years old. Try looking at what's being going on more recently. like Within the last week [] we have news that "THE US military has designated Julian Assange and WikiLeaks as enemies of the United States - the same legal category as the al-Qaeda terrorist network and the Taliban insurgency."

    "Declassified US Air Force counter-intelligence documents, released under US freedom-of-information laws, reveal that military personnel who contact WikiLeaks or WikiLeaks supporters may be at risk of being charged with "communicating with the enemy", a military crime that carries a maximum sentence of death."

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