Iceland “furious” over US Wikileaks subpoena

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Jónsdóttir helped Wikileaks to release the Collateral Murder video - she is now no longer a volunteer for the site.

The Icelandic government has summoned the US ambassador to Iceland to explain why the United States has subpoenaed the personal details of an Icelandic MP’s Twitter account who had links to Wikileaks and Julian Assange, the site’s founder.

“It is very serious that a foreign state, the United States, demands such personal information of an Icelandic person, an elected official,” the Interior Minister, Ogmundur Jonasson, told the Icelandic public broadcaster RUV.

“This is even more serious when put into perspective and concerns freedom of speech and people’s freedom in general.”

The MP in question, Birgitta Jónsdóttir, is one of three people’s Twitter accounts subpoenaed by the United States’ Justice Department; and is most likely going to be used to build a case against the site and its founder, Julian Assange, and known associates after the site revealed four damaging leaks to the United States Government:

  • Collateral Murder video showing an US Army helicopter shooting at and killing several Iraqi civilians and two journalists for Reuters.
  • The Iraq and Afghanistan War Logs, detailing the failures of the two wars the United States and its allies are currently fighting.
  • The leaking of the diplomatic cables, which have proven to be the most damaging, that highlighted the internal thoughts of several world politicians and events by American diplomat, and their contradictions.

As Twitter is a registered company in the United States, it has to comply with the order despite those who are not subject to US law by citizenship. Wikileaks and Jónsdóttir have said that they will protest the order.