The US Government, as requested by the MPAA, threatend the Swedish government and forced them to break their own laws by seizing a pirating website.
It is now being reported that the Swedish Department of Justice received what amounts to orders from the U.S. Administration, who had in turn received 'requests' from the MPAA, to shut down Pirate Bay. Orders went straight top to bottom, from the Swedish minister of Justice, to Secretary of Justice, to Chief Prosecutor, etc, to the policemen doing the raid...
"this is even worse than I had possibly imagined. We have a situation where not foreign corporate interests, but foreign governments, pressured by their corporate interests, manage to get young people arrested for something that is not breaking Swedish law”.