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MP Asks PM for ‘Secret’ Spying Reports

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MP Asks PM for ‘Secret’ Spying Reports

Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson

Sigmundur speaking at the Progressive Party convention. Photo: The Progressive Party.

Pirate Party leader, MP Birgitta Jónsdóttir, requested at parliament yesterday that Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson submit the reports he discussed in his keynote speech at the Progressive Party convention last weekend.

The reports were supposedly made on behalf of the creditors of the collapsed Icelandic banks and include information on politicians and journalists in Iceland, including psychological profiling and tactics on how best to deal with them, ruv.is reports.

Birgitta stated the reports should be discussed in parliament but Sigmundur responded that she should approach their authors.

Birgitta referenced a story from Stundin, where it is maintained that the “secret” reports are actually newsletters sent regularly to creditors by PR person and consultant for Glitnir Bank’s winding-up committee Einar Karl Haraldsson.

Sigmundur quoted the alleged reports in his speech where it is stated that “the Progressive Party stands firms on Icelandic interests,” and is supposedly the result of the authors’ analysis of Icelandic politics.

However, Stundin writes that the quote comes from one of the newsletters and that it isn’t the result of an analysis but rather the English translation of a comment made by Progressive Party MP and the PM’s assistant Ásmundur Einar Daðason.

The comment is said to come from an article Ásmundur wrote in Morgunblaðið on January 22, 2015, which reads: “The foreign claimants of the bankruptcy estates are slowly but surely realizing that the government is serious about safeguarding the public’s interests in Iceland.”

Birgitta therefore asked Sigmundur whether she should approach Ásmundur about the reports.

“I should think it would be simplest, given that some of those who authored the reports have stepped forward, that they be asked to submit the reports. If they aren’t prepared to do so for some reason, we can try to seek other means for the parliament to discuss the issue,” the PM concluded.

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