Iceland tells FBI to hit the road
Iceland’s Interior Minister recently revealed that he ordered the Iceland police not to aid the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) with any matter involving Wikileaks. This recent news out of Iceland opens up a whole new chapter involving the whistleblower website.
Ogmundur Jonasson, who serves as Iceland’s Interior Minister, recently made public some information regarding the FBI’s investigation into Wikileaks in August 2011. Jonasson was very angry that a foreign police agency from the United States entered his country trying to gather information and conduct interviews without first asking permission.
"I, for one, was not aware that they were coming to Iceland," Jonasson said to the Associated Press by telephone. "When I learned about it, I demanded that Icelandic police cease all cooperation and made it clear that people interviewed or interrogated in Iceland should be interrogated by Icelandic police." Jonasson further iterated the he along with other Icelandic diplomats had protested the FBI’s trip to Iceland and made it very clear that they were very angry over the whole matter.
Iceland is home to the payment processor DataCell, which helps keep WikiLeaks operating with its anonymous donations. It is also home to many supporters of the site, some of which include Parliament member, Brigitta Jonsdottir and investigative journalist and WikiLeaks representative, Kristinn Hrafnsson.
For some time now, the U.S. DOJ has been trying to uncover just how WikiLeaks operates and, if possible, uncover where the intelligence the site gathers is coming from. On January 31, 2013 the U.S. DOJ filed papers to allow them to keep their investigations on WikiLeaks secret. They also requested to totally shut down the Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.
The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) sued the government in 2012 to try and get the DOJ to disclose the names they were investigating in relation to WikiLeaks. The FBI feels that revealing such information to the public on how they operate would reveal their techniques on intelligence gathering. EPIC has concerns that many WikiLeaks supporters may have become targets of the FBI and other intelligence agencies without due cause.