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New Twist in Leak Affair: Police Chief Involved?

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New Twist in Leak Affair: Police Chief Involved?

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Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Former Chief of Police in Suðurnes Sigríður Björk Guðjónsdóttir called Gísli Freyr Valdórsson, the then political assistant to Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir, in the morning of November 20, 2013, according to a new article on dv.is.

The same morning, Gísli reportedly called Sigríður’s personal telephone number twice and received an email from the office of the Suðurnes Police about the affairs of the asylum seeker Tony Omos, whose deportation was being protested.

On November 20, all the main media in Iceland published stories including sensitive information about Omos and other people with whom he was involved.

The stories were based on a memo leaked from the Ministry of the Interior but referenced evidence from the Suðurnes Police.

Sigríður is now chief of Reykjavík Metropolitan Police, appointed by Hanna Birna to replace Stefán Eiríksson, who had led the investigation of the leak from her ministry.

Gísli was handed an eight-month suspended prison sentence last week after confessing to being the person behind the leak. He took sole responsibility for the action.

Neither Sigríður nor Gísli would comment to DV on the story.

The government supports Hanna Birna but the opposition is demanding her resignation.

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