The scandal surrounding the team of FBI agents who traveled to Iceland in 2011 and were promptly asked to leave was discussed in parliament this morning, RÚV reports.
Minister of the Interior Ögmundur Jónasson told Alþingi this morning that he believed the FBI traveled to Iceland in order to interrogate a then 18-year-old Icelandic hacker in order to learn more about Wikileaks and its operations, despite claiming to be questioning the teen for other reasons. Þorgerður Katrín Gunnarsdóttir, the Independence Party MP responsible for questioning Ögmundur during this morning’s proceedings, harshly criticized the Minister for failing to be aware of the FBI’s entry into Iceland and for cutting all communication between the U.S. agency and Icelandic police.
Ögmundur repeated a statement he had made earlier to the press regarding the dismissal of the FBI from Iceland, simply that he had never received notice of the FBI’s visit to the country. Furthermore, he believed that the FBI’s assertion at the time that the teen-hacker, Siggi, was about to engage in an attack on the government was simply a ruse the agency employed to make inroads with their investigation of Wikileaks, and so he did not wish for Icelandic police to cooperate. He further noted that the FBI would have been welcome to submit an official letter requesting entry to Iceland and cooperation with local authorities.
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