The Cambodian Pirate Bay fracas continues, as it was revealed Wednesday that Sweden is handing $59 million in aid to Cambodia with somewhat suspect timing — just as Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg faces imminent deportation.
Warg, a cofounder of the infamous torrent site The Pirate Bay, was recently arrested in Cambodia under an international warrant. He was convicted of illegal file-sharing by Swedish courts in 2009, and sentenced to a year in prison and fines of $4.4 million.
Xinhua reports that the cash from Sweden has been donated to Cambodia for "causes of democratic development, human rights, education, and climate change for two years."
Ambassador to Cambodia Anne Hoglund added that Sweden is "committed to strengthening bilateral ties with Cambodia," which would seem evident, considering recent events.
Tax-News.com reports that US Trade Ambassador Ron Kirk was in Cambodia at the time of Warg's arrest, although it would take a pretty dedicated conspiracy theorist to think the two events are interrelated. (As a lot of hackers are dedicated conspiracy theorists, this is not stopping anyone.)
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It also looks as if Warg is being held by Cambodia due to his participation in the alleged hacking of a Swedish IT company, reports TorrentFreak.com, which leaked around 9,000 Swedish tax numbers onto the Internet.
What will happen when Warg is finally booted?
National Police spokesman Kirt Chantharith told the Phnom Penh Post: “We don’t have an extradition treaty with Sweden, so when we kick [Svartholm Warg] out, whatever way Swedish authorities take him is up to them.”
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This means he will be deported, not extradited — which, as Ou Virak of the Cambodian Human Right's Center pointed out to the Post, means due process isn't ensured in his case.
Former Pirate Bay spokesman Peter Sunde reported on Twitter that Warg has not been offered legal assistance by the Swedish foreign ministry. Sunde also has stated that Warg's arrest has nothing to do with The Pirate Bay — there's even speculation it might involve Wikileaks on TechDirt.com.
Hackers continue to strike out at Cambodia in retaliation for Warg's arrest, most notably Nullcrew, which broke into the websites of the Cambodian Ministry of Public Works and Transport, the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and a section of the Ministry of Industry, Mines and Energy, among others, according to Khmer440.com.
Some tweets on the fracas, which is currently getting a really impressive amount of airtime in the Cambodian Twitter-verse: