Birgitta Jónsdóttir, MP for the Pirate Party in Iceland, caught international attention Friday night for her performance on Skavlan, a popular Scandinavian television talk show.
Birgitta was the guest of the show, along with Julian Fellowes, creator of the television series Downton Abbey and a Conservative peer of the House of Lords.
On the program, she discussed the success of the Pirate Party in Iceland’s parliamentary election on October 29, when the party won 14.4 percent of the vote, and pointed out that was done by advocating change in a positive way instead of fostering xenophobia, for example.
Then the talk moved to WikiLeaks, since Birgitta used to be a spokesperson for them. She said that in her view, WikiLeaks went too far during the US presidential election, but said the Panama Papers leak could not have happened if WikiLeaks had not existed.
“Wikileaks was a profound betrayal of America, It was the act of a real traitor,” Julian Fellowes remarked.
He continued, “I think it is absurd to talk as if you can govern a country by using traitors in order to release protected information,” to which Birgitta answered, “Shame on you! Whistleblowers that blow the whistle on corruption in government and war crimes are not traitors. Shame on you!”
The comment was met with applause in the audience.
You can watch the interview here. This part of it was posted on Facebook by Lára Hanna Einarsdóttir.