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Fri Feb 1, 2013, 05:50 AM

Iceland kicks out FBI agents investigating Wikileaks

According to the RUV, the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service, FBI agents landed in Reykjavík in August 2011 without prior notification in an attempt to investigate WikiLeaks operations within the country. However, their plan was interupted when Home Secretary Ögmundur Jónasson learned about the FBI's visit and sent them packing. The Icelandic government then issued a formal protest to United States authorities.

On several different occasions, the U.S. government's hunt for WikiLeaks has involved private individuals and companies in Iceland. For example, the U.S. has been successful in obtaining account information from Twitter on parliamentarian Birgitta Jónsdóttir, who now refuses to travel outside of Iceland for fear of being arrested for her connections with WikiLeaks.

Iceland's government had already protested against the United States' activities in Reykjavík. It has already been learned that the U.S. embassy located there is monitoring people who enter the immediate area, and try to stop people from taking pictures of their building, despite the fact that it is perfectly legal to do so.


Jónasson corroborates that FBI agents arrived in Iceland and remained in the country for a few days, but claims not to know how many there were. However, he said it was out of the question that a foreign power be permitted to conduct private investigations of Icelandic citizens and their activities in the country. He told the broadcast news service:

"I can corroborate this took place in August 2011. Agents from the FBI arrived in Iceland. They'll have to answer for what their plans were. I can also corroborate that they wanted to get the cooperation of the national police and the national prosecutor's office."

http://clevelandleader.com/node/20013

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Ichingcarpenter Feb 2013 OP
xchrom Feb 2013 #1
theaocp Feb 2013 #9
reverend_tim Feb 2013 #2
idwiyo Feb 2013 #3
leveymg Feb 2013 #4
formercia Feb 2013 #6
tclambert Feb 2013 #5
djean111 Feb 2013 #7
Ichingcarpenter Feb 2013 #8
DogPawsBiscuitsNGrav Feb 2013 #18
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theKed Feb 2013 #10
jtuck004 Feb 2013 #13
another_liberal Feb 2013 #11
OldDem2012 Feb 2013 #12
jtuck004 Feb 2013 #14
starroute Feb 2013 #17
Baitball Blogger Feb 2013 #15
grahamhgreen Feb 2013 #16
bvar22 Feb 2013 #19
Recursion Feb 2013 #20
Egalitarian Thug Feb 2013 #21
Ichingcarpenter Feb 2013 #22

Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 05:52 AM

1. ...

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Response to xchrom (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 07:22 AM

9. Before I saw your response

I said that aloud. Great minds think alike, heya?

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 06:00 AM

2. good for IceLand !!

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 06:02 AM

3. K&R Good!

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 06:28 AM

4. Add Iceland to the (very) short list of free countries.

Scratch Sweden.

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Response to leveymg (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 06:51 AM

6. Rove has his fingers in that Pie

What are the Swedes thinking?

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 06:44 AM

5. In the last few years, Iceland has rocked!

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 06:55 AM

7. Doesn't Iceland know we are the Boss of the World?

Making bankers pay for their crimes, kicking out another country's police force......rock on, Iceland.

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 07:17 AM

8. Icelandic news picture of the FBI agent

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Reply #8)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 11:53 AM

18. Here come the drones.

 

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 07:31 AM

10. .

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Response to theKed (Reply #10)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 07:35 AM

13. All it takes to stop a bad banker is a good cop with a law. n/t

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 07:34 AM

11. Good for them!

This witch hunt against Julian Assange and Wikileaks should be resisted by every government and every individual. It is a disgraceful violation of the peoples' right to know.

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 07:35 AM

12. Interesting article written by Birgitta Jónsdóttir in July 2012....

Evidence of a US judicial vendetta against WikiLeaks activists mounts

QUOTE:

I knew when I put down my name as co-producer of a video, released by WikiLeaks, showing United States soldiers shooting civilians in Baghdad from a helicopter that my life would never be the same. Telling the truth during times of universal deceit might be considered a revolutionary act, but only to those who want to keep us in the dark, not by those who feel compelled to do so.

Most of us who expose an inconvenient truth know that we will be attacked for it and ridiculed. And every trick in the book of maintaining power will be applied to silence us. It's no big deal. The beauty of it is that, usually, these attempts gives us a chance to see the actual face of power and to understand, with real-time examples, how healthy or unhealthy our democracies have become.

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) tried to hack by legal means into my social media accounts without my knowledge. But they were exposed by Twitter's legal team who manged to unseal the DoJ's secret document and give me a chance to defend in court my personal information from being used in a dragnet for the first serious attacks on WikiLeaks' supporters and volunteers. I still am not sure why they chose to take the risk of going after a member of Iceland's parliament, because it has caused distress among fellow parliamentarians from around the world. As a result of the speaker of the Icelandic parliament raising the issue at the International Parliamentarian Union (IPU), I was asked to appear for the human rights committee at the IPU to explain the details of my case. A resolution on my case was put forward and adopted unanimously by the IPU's governing council, in October 2011.


Well-written article by the lady in question...well worth the time to read.



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Response to OldDem2012 (Reply #12)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 07:54 AM

14. "The beauty of it is that, usually, these attempts gives us a chance to see the actual face of power

and to understand, with real-time examples, how healthy or unhealthy our democracies have become. "

That is eloquent. And sometimes you don't have to expose state secrets or anything. You just have to stand there, no longer supporting the behemoth. It will show itself soon enough.

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Response to OldDem2012 (Reply #12)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 11:48 AM

17. Here's a link to her blog

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 08:10 AM

15. D'oh.

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 08:52 AM

16. We can send agents to Iceland but can't arrest a banker?????

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 02:58 PM

19. DURec for Wiki, Assange, and ALL Whistle Blowers.

They are ALL heroes and guardians of our Democracy






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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 02:59 PM

20. Sigh. This is why we have a State Department

Way to go, FBI...

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 04:55 PM

21. K&R. n/t

 

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 07:06 AM

22. Interesting ABC news headline on the story

Iceland Refused FBI Aid Over WikiLeaks


http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/minister-iceland-refused-fbi-aid-wikileaks-18376971


Refused and then FBI Aid......LOL
ABC must have talked to the FEDs on the proper slant.

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