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Wikileaks has done the inevitable and coupled with Sweden's Pirate Party.

The deal promises to keep leaked information flowing via Wikileaks, while presumably ensuring that conspiracy obsessives, policy wonks and the merely curious can cheaply compile a suitable soundtrack for their late night perusals of government and corporate documents.

The whistleblowers' clearing house will use the Pirate Party to host a number of its servers at an undisclosed location, somewhere in Sweden, in a deal agreed last week.

The Pirate Party, which has a dual existence as political organisation and ISP, will provide free bandwidth to Wikileaks under the deal. The deal follows a "challenge" by the Pirate Party to other Swedish parties to support Wikileaks.

In a statement, Pirate-in-Chief Rick Falkvinge said, "This is one of our signatures. We don’t just talk. We act. Using our own resources and time, we help change the world rather than pass the buck, commission reports, and avoid responsibility like other politicians."

The statement described Wikileaks as under "constant threat of being sabotaged by corrupt or abusive organisations trying to conceal the truth from the public".

Uber leaker Julian Assange added: "Our organisations share many values and I am looking forward to future ways we can help each other improve the world.

"We hope that the new Parliament will give serious consideration to further strengthening Sweden’s press protection legislation," he said. "Western democracies are not always as free as one might think, and freedom of the press needs constant vigilance. In particular, we would welcome Sweden copying Iceland’s Modern Media Initiative, something that the Pirate Party also desires."

Assange said the organisations saw many opportunities for further cooperation down the road. ®

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