Iceland fears arrest of MP over WikiLeaks

If it wasn't already blatantly obvious, WikiLeaks is not a popular site with governments worldwide. Something about leaking confidential information simply doesn't appeal to them, for whatever reason. Certain leaks can completely change people's understanding of events in different manners. Depending on who you ask, that's either a good or bad thing. A certain Julian Assange would probably argue it's a good thing.

From what we're learning, Iceland's government knew of a US plan to arrest people involved with WikiLeaks. The government advised one of their MPs (Members of Parliament), Birgitta Jónsdóttir, to not travel to the United States due to the risk of being arrested. Jónsdóttir was partially responsible for the leak of a video which reached WikiLeaks during 2010 and achieved infamy; the video was dated 2007. While dated even at release it provoked outrage, for it displayed US soldiers killing innocent civilians in the city of Baghdad, aboard an Apache helicopter gunship.

The video, due to its controversial nature, was a frequent feature with news outlets worldwide. Jónsdóttir has already acknowledged that the US Department of Justice has attempted to gain access to her Twitter account. In other words, they wanted Twitter to give the account information to the government so that they may inspect the information it contains. Thanks to Twitter's legal team they were able to prevent this from happening and the Department of Justice was not legally allowed to gain access to the account. What the account might have contained cannot be said but it would be safe to assume they would be interested in the Direct Messages, since the rest could be accessed anyway.

It would seem the US could be intending to arrest WikiLeaks collaborators in the future, if an American ambassador's actions are anything to go by. He personally informed Jónsdóttir that she would not be forced to undergo involuntary interrogation if she was to come to the country. There are only a couple of reasons why you'd need to tell someone that, so the assumption that the Americans want to sweep up some WikiLeaks collaborators might not be far from the truth.

Icelandic citizens will hardly be surprised at Jónsdóttir being partially responsible for the leak. She is well known for her political views, at least within the country. In recent history, she has spoken out for WikiLeaks and for both the Friends of Tibet in Iceland, and Saving Iceland movements. Saving Iceland is a movement opposed to the government, and particularly the aluminum industry within the country. The group feels the government is destroying Iceland's natural beauty with its drive for money, while Friends of Tibet in Iceland are a group of people who are pro-Tibet. Tibet and China are famous for their rather abrasive relationships so there is plenty of fuel to that particular fire.

All in all, Jónsdóttir is not exactly popular among the United States government members who might be gunning for Julian Assange and his merry band of rogues. The arrest of people responsible could be an interesting future, since Assange fears he could be extradited to the United States to stand trial. At present, Assange is in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. He can't leave it until he is granted political asylum to Ecuador either, since he'll be arrested by the Metropolitan Police; exciting times to be a political whistleblower, right?

Source: Extra Torrent

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Not surprising at all, our govt is against any freedom and any freedom of information. Their sole interest is Corporate America and how to channel more wealth away from the poor and middle class to the ultra rich.

Human rights in the US were abandoned a long time ago.

"If it wasn't already blatantly obvious, WikiLeaks is not a popular site with governments worldwide... Certain leaks can completely change people's understanding of events in different manners. Depending on who you ask, that's either a good or bad thing. A certain Julian Assange would probably argue it's a good thing."

Politely disagree 'bout the popularity part -- Wikileaks & Assange have been selective on which governments they target; they're quite popular with countries [& people] unfriendly to their targets. [It might be interesting to speculate on the outcome were Assange to target Ecuador, where the gov is not necessarily a shining example of democratic freedom.] As far as good vs. bad, it's been alleged that the safety of some people has been compromised, that some may die or have died, e.g. for their support of gov opposition or because they were revealed to be working with or leaking to intelligence services etc. Personally I don't know how physical harm or even death could ever be considered good, but that's me.

"The video, due to its controversial nature, was a frequent feature with news outlets worldwide."

The video was controversial in large part because it gave an incomplete picture of the incident. Maybe that couldn't be helped -- maybe that was all the person shooting the video could see -- or maybe it was intentional? Maybe the footage was raw, maybe it was edited? I don't know -- I don't think many people not directly involved know. I do think that many see what they want to see, that if the roles were reversed there would be plenty of folks reminding everyone of how easily video & images can be altered or even faked.

"The arrest of people responsible could be an interesting future, since Assange fears he could be extradited to the United States to stand trial. At present, Assange is in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. He can't leave it until he is granted political asylum to Ecuador either, since he'll be arrested by the Metropolitan Police; exciting times to be a political whistleblower, right?"

Actually left out a bit... Assange is to stand trial for sex crimes elsewhere, & he alleges that if he leaves England he could then be extradited to the US. He's already gone through trial & appeals & lost in England, living somewhat large on a fan's estate while he tries to avoid the sex crimes trial. Assange says that he's innocent, which he may or may not be -- that's why there are trials, & realistically claiming innocence is to be expected -- not many people admit/confess to breaking laws that could land them in jail. Assange maintains it's all political, which it may or may not be, but there's little or no doubt that with his ego he'd like to be spared the embarrassment of a sex crimes trial. When Assange went to the Ecuadorian embassy to seek asylum he basically jumped bail -- he was under a sort of house arrest at that supporter's estate -- which is why if he leaves he could be arrested... there's been speculation he could be arrested anyway if for example he's driven to the airport. [Personally I wonder why he didn't leave the country -- legally that's what he did anyway, but now he's just traded the gilded cage of that estate where he was living for a hotel stay of sorts that he can't leave. Break much the same laws either way, but I imagine there wouldn't be the same publicity if he were living large somewhere else.]

mikiem said,

Politely disagree 'bout the popularity part -- Wikileaks & Assange have been selective on which governments they target; they're quite popular with countries [& people] unfriendly to their targets. [It might be interesting to speculate on the outcome were Assange to target Ecuador, where the gov is not necessarily a shining example of democratic freedom.] As far as good vs. bad, it's been alleged that the safety of some people has been compromised, that some may die or have died, e.g. for their support of gov opposition or because they were revealed to be working with or leaking to intelligence services etc. Personally I don't know how physical harm or even death could ever be considered good, but that's me. ]

I think that Ecuador was mentioned in some previous leaks, not sure whether bad or good. Second people have been compromised, namely Bradley Manning who is allegedly and presumably undergoing torture. Not sure if you heard but they just released the Syria files which don't only attack Syria but countries like Italy who's businesses have traded with Syria therefore I wouldn't say it was biased. Last point is on free press, if you look at the media outlets, say in the UK there are plenty of news papers all spewing out the SAME stories. Why is this? It's because about 4 filthy rich people own them and are probably mixed up in the things WL releases therefore I don't read too much into WL from MSM only individual bloggers etc

Anyone with the slightest political interest should go watch the zeitgeist movies: zeitgeist, zeitgeist addendum, zeitgeist moving forward. The first looks at religion, 9/11 and monetary system and yes the first two sections of that film may be aggrevating to some but still worth the watch then I won't ruin the second 2.

Basically really good if you don't know what is so corrupt about the monetary system. http://www.zeitgeistmovie.com/

I know, most of us just suck right. I should have picked to be born in China. The problem is with the Democrat and Republican political parties. They purposely keep everyone at each others throat so they can get to business by serving the UN. Romney and Obama are the same.

Both parties love that Agenda 21 thing too. Nothing Is better than a government that wants to change the "pursuit of happiness" to "we are a cancer of mother earth" idealologies. There are prime examples too; like the couple who bought a lot to build a house then the EPA comes in and says that acre of land in the middle of the neighborhood is "wetlands." No water on the lot or reason behind it. They are just testing the waters by eliminating private property rights in the US. Don't worry though, if you haven't been effected, you will be pretty soon. If you already live in a 100 square foot apartment, don't worry. You will be allowed to live like that for the rest of your life.

If you are truly interested, just go to the UN's website and read it. Don't bother with a lot of other web links because they are turning it into too much of a conspiracy.

theyarecomingforyou said,
I think it's wise for everybody to avoid travelling to the US.

I take it you're one of those fighting illegal immigration in the US.

Can't stop 'em so let's make them not want to come.

Terribly written article. Took until the LAST paragraph to finally explain what MP was, something that should have been mentioned in the first paragraph.

ir0nw0lf said,
Terribly written article. Took until the LAST paragraph to finally explain what MP was, something that should have been mentioned in the first paragraph.

In this case, MP= Member of Parliament, not Metropolitan Police.

ir0nw0lf said,
Terribly written article. Took until the LAST paragraph to finally explain what MP was, something that should have been mentioned in the first paragraph.

I agree, I had the same problem. Since I probably watch too much TV, I thought MP was Military Police.

TH3ROOKIE said,

In this case, MP= Member of Parliament, not Metropolitan Police.


Oh lol, then the article was REALLY terribly written.

LAMj said,
scumbag US gov, their financial collapse is imminent, I can't wait
Not like Iceland is exactly in a strong financial standing lol

LAMj said,
scumbag US gov, their financial collapse is imminent, I can't wait

Do you really now understand the global impacts of such a thing? Perhaps you should wish for reform instead.

LAMj said,
scumbag US gov, their financial collapse is imminent, I can't wait

Hmm... Guess I should plan to move... like now before the economy crashes. Oh wait... It already did for the most part.

LAMj said,
scumbag US gov, their financial collapse is imminent, I can't wait
And screw everyone else over in the process. Brilliant idea.
/s

Ryoken said,
Not like Iceland is exactly in a strong financial standing lol

Actually... it let the banks collapse, jailed the people responsible for the crisis and has seen incredibly strong economic growth to the point where it is now better off than before the crisis. But yeah, "lol" all you want.

theyarecomingforyou said,

Actually... it let the banks collapse, jailed the people responsible for the crisis and has seen incredibly strong economic growth to the point where it is now better off than before the crisis. But yeah, "lol" all you want.

Better off than before the crisis, they have had growth but growth from a very small figure and they still have a lot of problems.

LAMj said,
scumbag US gov, their financial collapse is imminent, I can't wait

You can't wait for a hypothetical collapse, that would ruin many, many peoples lives, including mine, and severely hurt the world economy.

Yeah, no, you are the scumbag.

Gaffney said,

Better off than before the crisis, they have had growth but growth from a very small figure and they still have a lot of problems.

But they are now free from a centrally controlled illegal banking system, all debt wiped and they cleared the mortgage debt of most citizens, they are enjoying lowest taxes in over 50 years and strongest growth ever. The bankers got what they deserved and the people are now free of this system.

LAMj said,
scumbag US gov, their financial collapse is imminent, I can't wait

Lol. That would ruin the world economy. Don't be so stupid.

duddit2 said,

But they are now free from a centrally controlled illegal banking system, all debt wiped and they cleared the mortgage debt of most citizens, they are enjoying lowest taxes in over 50 years and strongest growth ever. The bankers got what they deserved and the people are now free of this system.

I would pray for the same thing to happen here in the UK, but we're run by Tories, and they're the ones that deregulated the banks in the 80s (more specifically, Margaret Thatcher did, and so did Ronald Reagan around the same time when he was POTUS), and eventually caused all the financial problems we have now.

duddit2 said,

But they are now free from a centrally controlled illegal banking system, all debt wiped and they cleared the mortgage debt of most citizens, they are enjoying lowest taxes in over 50 years and strongest growth ever. The bankers got what they deserved and the people are now free of this system.

But who ended up paying for it?

LAMj said,
scumbag US gov, their financial collapse is imminent, I can't wait

No biggie -- it's not like it's *our* money anyway. Now if I were in China or some other country that has bought lots & lots of US bonds, well I might be concerned that all that money we thought we had just went Poof. If I were in a country that exported lots of goods to the US, I'd worry since that would die if there was a collapse. But for those in the US it'd mean mainly 3 things -- making stuff & drilling oil vs. importing & much less gov. More people would be employed in manufacturing & oil drilling, & there'd be less gov making life more expensive & telling everyone what to do. It's harder than maybe expected to see a down side.

Riggers said,

But who ended up paying for it?


other countries that didn't do the same thing as they did and stupidly bailed the banks out. Your point?