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Bad Time to WikiLeaks

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The Justice Ministry is remaining tight-
lipped about whether it knew that FBI
agents had travelled to Denmark to meet
with an Icelandic informant working for
the whistle-blowing organisation
WikiLeaks.
According to Wired magazine, WikiLeaks
volunteer Sigurdur Thordarson, 20, said
he met with the FBI twice in Copenhagen
in 2011 and once in Aarhus in 2012,
where he handed over hard drives
containing information about WikiLeaks.
The FBI paid for Thordarson’s flights and
hotel for his two trips to Copenhagen in
late August and early October 2011, and
in March 2012 the FBI travelled to meet
Thordarson in Aarhus where he was
working at the time.
The Justice Ministry declined The
Copenhagen’s Post request to comment
on whether the government allowed the
FBI to use Danish territory to question
Thordarson about WikiLeaks. It would be
illegal for the FBI to interview Thordarson
in Denmark without their consent.
This June, Wired magazine broke the story
that described how the young Icelander
decided to turn on WikiLeaks in 2011
after joining the organisation as a
volunteer the year before at the age of
just 17.
WikiLeaks was the focus of an FBI
investigation due to its publishing of
secret and classified US government
documents that had been supplied to it by
whistleblowers, such as the convicted US
Army soldier Bradley Manning, who
handed over hundreds of thousands of
diplomatic cables and restricted army
reports.
In interviews with both Slate and Wired
magazines, Thordarson explained how in
August 2011 FBI agents travelled to
Iceland to interview him after he had
contacted the US Embassy in Reykjavik.
The FBI told the Icelandic government
that they were in the country to
investigate an attempt by US hackers to
break into Icelandic government
computers, but the Icelandic government
soon started to suspect that the FBI was
actually using its time in Iceland to build
its case against WikiLeaks founder Julian
Assange.


http://cphpost.dk/international/fbi-met-wikileaks-informant-copenhagen#main-content
 
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