It has come to light that the US Federal Bureau of Investigation came to Iceland in 2011 as part of a Wikileaks investigation, and were asked to leave shortly thereafter by the Minister of the Interior. Wikileaks spokesperson Kristinn Hrafnsson told Kastljósið the story of the event. “I can confirm that on the morning of August 25, 2011,” Kristinn said. “The US Federal Bureau of Investigation came to Iceland to work with the State Prosecutor and the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police as part of an investigation connected to Wikileaks.” Minister of the Interior Ögmundur Jónasson backed up the story for RÚV, adding that when he was informed of Icelandic law enforcement cooperating with the FBI in Iceland, “I asked that all cooperation be ceased at once.” He added that the Foreign Ministry also contacted the US embassy. Later on during the day that the complaints were lodged, the FBI agents boarded a private jet and left Iceland. US law enforcement authorities have had great interest in Icelandic activities in connection with Wikileaks. One of the more infamous examples is how the US Department of Justice once asked Twitter to hand over all their data on communications and private messages from MP Birgitta Jónsdóttir’s account. The investigation sparked a legal battle which still continues to this day.
This morning, we posted an amusing bit of news about a local designer, Sara María Júlíusdóttir, who observed an elderly man, which she claimed to be a tourist, pooping outside the boutiqe she manages, Kirsuberjatréð. “Tourist Poops Outside Storefront” proved quite the hit with you readers, providing plenty of clicks and ‘likes’ (537 and counting!) while asserting Reykjavík Grapevine’s position as the discerning reader’s highbrow publication of choice. However, some of our many Facebook friends took offense to Sara María’s assertion that the streetpooper in question was indeed a tourist. “How did she know for sure it was a tourist?” one
Iceland’s representative at the United Nations, Gréta Gunnarsdóttir, condemned both Israel and Palestine in a speech at an open meeting of the Security Council last night, reports Vísir. “I want to start by expressing Iceland’s condemnation of the violations of international humanitarian law by both sides in the conflict,” said Gréta. “While the current situation in Gaza is beyond tragic I am not going to dwell on it. Because the core problem is not what is happening today. The core problem is the occupation.” In her speech Gréta said that the IDF’s air and ground assault raised concerns about respect for the
An incredibly large landslide struck the south-eastern side of Öskjuvatn lake just before midnight last night and all traffic to the area has subsequently been closed, report Vísir. The landslide was so large it caused a tsunami in the lake and made the surrounding area tremor for over 20 minutes. The landslide is attributed to good weather in recent days which lead to ice around the lake melting quickly, causing the ground to destabilise. The ridge surrounding the lake is still believed to be unstable and landslips are possible. All traffic in and around the area has therefore been banned until scientists and Iceland’s Emergency
When store manager Sara María Júlíusdóttir showed up for work at Kirsuberjatréð yesterday morning she stumbled upon an uncomfortable scene, namely an alleged tourist relieving himself on the sidewalk outside the storefront. “When I arrived Arndís [Jóhannsdóttir, the shop owner] was just in shock,” Sara María told Vísir. “The man had just pooped and peed in front of the store. Arndís lives above the shop so the man had literally tended to his needs one metre away from her home.” According to Sara María the man stood and walked away when he was done as though nothing had happened, stopping only to
Sláturfélag Suðurlands (SS) reports that there is a shortage of Icelandic beef, prompting the company to blend Danish beef into their hot dogs. Sold under the slogan “Icelanders Eat SS Hot Dogs”, SS hot dogs are arguably one of Iceland’s iconic foods. However, Viðskiptablaðið reports that they are no longer 100% Icelandic. “Unfortunately, due to the present shortage of Icelandic beef, we have been forced to use a little Danish beef that meets our quality standards,” SS product manager Guðmundur Svavarsson told reporters. While not specifying on the exact quantity of Danish beef in the hot dogs, Guðmundur provided assurances
Fraudsters pretending to be employees of Microsoft are contacting Icelanders by both letter and telephone. MBL reports that one of the most common tactics these fraudsters will use will be to call people on their home phones, purporting to be employees of Microsoft. These fraudsters tell the potential victim that Microsoft has detected a virus on their computer, and that in order to be rid of it, they must go to a specific website to download and install “virus removal software”. In reality, these are not people calling from Microsoft, who cannot see into your computer to look for viruses