Morgunblaðið Owners Want Wikileaks Partner To Move - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Morgunblaðið Owners Want Wikileaks Partner To Move

Published September 19, 2011

The company which owns the daily newspaper Morgunblaðið is looking to get DataLeaks, the company that has been helping money transfers get to Wikileaks, to move their offices out of the building that the two share.
DataCell and Morgunblaðið have offices in the same building, in Hádegismóa, which lies on the edges of Reykjavík. Vísir reports that DataCell director Ólafur Sigurvinsson says that Árvakur – the company which owns Morgunblaðið – wants DataCell to move their offices out of the building.
Ólafur says that Árvakur has disapproved of having DataCell offices so close to where Morgunblaðið’s journalists work, and are especially displeased to see journalist Kristinn Hrafnsson – who is also Wikileaks’ spokesperson in Iceland – coming in and out of the building.
While Árvakur may want DataCell to leave, Ólafur says that he is personally not against moving out of the building. However, there is considerable cost involved, and so he is asking for 25 million ISK to do so.
Two weeks have passed since Ólafur made the counteroffer, and the two companies have not been in contact since.
DataCell first came to international attention last year, when Visa and PayPal began to block donations to Wikileaks. At the time, DataCell – a data hosting service provider – agreed to transfer funds to Wikileaks unabated.

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