MP for The Movement and former WikiLeaks volunteer Birgitta Jónsdóttir says she plans to visit the United States and show support for Bradley Manning, the soldier who has been in prison since May 2010 on suspicion of having passed on confidential information to WikiLeaks, despite warnings that she should not travel to the country.Birgitta Jónsdóttir. Photo: Páll Kjartansson/Iceland Review.
In spring 2009 Birgitta assisted with getting a video of American soldiers shooting at civilians in Bagdad from a helicopter and was since named in the U.S. Department of Justice probe against Wikileaks.
Birgitta says that the FBI went through her communication and personal documents on her computer, but that the incident did not receive much attention in Iceland because the FBI did not physically break into her home but rather her computer, where she says most people now keep their personal information, ruv.is reports.
In a statement released to the press on Friday, Birgitta said that she had been receiving, free of charge, the best legal assistance available in North America to try to fight for her legal right to privacy and would travel to the country despite advice from the Icelandic Ministry for Foreign Affairs as well as lawyers warning her not to go to the United States, visir.is reports.
The U.S. Justice Department sent her message in 2011 stating that she was welcome to the country and that her communication would not be monitored.
“I have not committed any crime. I will go to the United States in the beginning of April to show my support for Bradley Manning, who has been in prison for more than 1,000 days without charge. I will meet lawyers there and many good people in the academic community in North America to discuss issues of freedom of expression and the right to privacy,” she said.
News that a group of FBI agents arrived in Iceland in August 2011 requesting collaboration with Icelandic police authorities to investigate WikiLeaks, as revealed by Wikileaks spokesperson Kristinn Hrafnsson on RÚV’s news magazine Kastljós on Wednesday, has garnered significant attention from the international media.
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