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WikiLeaks sets up company in Iceland

The website is planning to use the new firm, Sunshine Press Productions, to raise funds and gather i

Whistleblower site WikiLeaks has set up a private limited company in Iceland, a country which has a reputation of being "media-friendly."

The website, which until now operated through servers in Sweden with no brick-and-mortar office anywhere in the world, is planning to use the new firm, Sunshine Press Productions, to raise funds and gather information, said WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson.

The new body is also establishing legal entities in Sweden and France as bases to carry out official tasks such as opening bank accounts.

Setting up a company in Iceland is a simpler procedure than establishing a non-profit organisation, said the spokesman, adding that WikiLeaks was not really trying to make a profit.

In June, the Iceland parliament voted in favour of a resolution aimed at protecting investigative journalists and their sources, with the help of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a frequent visitor to the European island country.