Posted by Irien/ In Latest news, US espionage investigation, Video, WikiLeaks/ January 31, 2013
Iceland review online January 31, 2013:
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 last night.
“The FBI came here in a private jet and landed at Reykjavík Airport. According to my information—which is very solid and I have had it confirmed—Minister of the Interior Ögmundur Jónasson was notified of their arrival and reacted angrily because it is unbelievably presumptuous to come here this way,” Kristinn stated.
“According to my information, he demanded that these agents pack their bags, embark the plane and leave the country,” Kristinn added. “I know that this was later discussed within the government, which formally objected to U.S. authorities.”
Ögmundur confirmed Kristinn’s statement to RÚV, saying a group of foreign agents came to the country in August 2011, requesting assistance to investigate a certain affair. Their request was rejected as it is unnatural for foreign police forces to carry out investigations in Iceland, the minister reasoned.
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The interview of Kristinn Hrafnsson with RUV magazine Kastljos can be found here: http://www.ruv.is/frett/fbi-kom-hingad-til-ad-rannsaka-wikileaks
It includes the video of the interview and a summary, both in Icelandic.
There is also a blog (in Swedish) here: http://www.islandsbloggen.com/2013/01/fbi-portade-fran-island-av-minister.html
The blogger reminds that US investigations about WikiLeaks have also implicated several Icelandic personalities or companies, like their action against the Twitter account of Birgitta Jonsdottir or the Valitor case (by Google transl.).
Update: In Norvegian: http://www.nrk.no/nyheter/verden/1.10894786
Rixstep has published an english version of islandsbloggen: http://rixstep.com/1/20130131,00.shtml