WikiLeaks and Icelandic Authorities Discuss FBI-Affair

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WikiLeaks and Icelandic Authorities Discuss FBI-Affair

National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police Haraldur Johannessen, Chief of Police Jón Bjartmarz, State Prosecutor Sigríður Friðjónsdóttir, Minister of the Interior Ögmundur Jónasson and WikiLeaks representative Kristinn Hrafnsson attended a joint meeting of the Icelandic parliament Alþingi’s Constitutional and Supervisory Committee and Judicial Affairs and Education Committee yesterday to discuss the FBI’s investigations in Iceland in summer 2011.

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The parliament. Photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.

Jón maintained that because of the FBI agents’ visit, an impending attack on the computer system of the Government Offices could be prevented, Fréttablaðið reports.

Ögmundur, who has been away on an official visit to China, submitted a report on the FBI’s investigations to the cabinet and at the meeting yesterday.

The minister stated that in spite of claims made by the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police and State Prosecutor to the contrary, the FBI agents had unexpectedly announced their arrival before receiving any authorization.

Otherwise, his account of events is in line with what has already been publicly described.

Ögmundur stated that the Icelandic police was made cease their collaboration with the FBI agents after it turned out that they had come to question an Icelandic teenager on WikiLeaks, as the questioning was not considered to be covered by the FBI’s request to investigate the aforementioned computer attack.

After the meeting, Ögmundur told the press that he, the State Prosecutor and National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police are in agreement on the matter.

Kristinn said he had asked his lawyer to obtain answers from the authorities on the computer attack, with which WikiLeaks has been implicated, and on what exactly the FBI had come to Iceland to investigate.

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