Icelandic MP To Visit Bradley Manning

Birgitta Jónsdottir

Birgitta Jónsdottir

Icelandic MP Birgitta Jonsdottir announced Friday she plans to visit Bradley Manning, the jailed U.S. Army Private currently on trial for his alleged role in the Wikileaks scandal.

Jónsdottir became a central figure in the Wikileaks case after admitting in the spring of 2009 to helping the group get hold of a secret video of American soldiers shooting at civilians in Baghdad from a helicopter. The U.S. Department of Justice named her in its probe against Wikileaks, and has been able to legally force social networking website Twitter to hand over personal information from her account as a result of the investigation.

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has said he first spoke to Jónsdottir in late 2009, according to Iceland Review. The parliamentarian admitted she got him into the U.S. embassy in Reykjavik in December 2009 as a “prank.”

Pfc. Bradley Manning

Pfc. Bradley Manning

Jónsdottir has refused to leave Iceland out of fears she will be arrested by U.S. authorities, despite a 2011 letter released by the U.S. Justice Department stating she is welcome to America and is not part of any criminal investigation.

“The best legal assistance available in North America” has been helping her fight the case, Jósdottir said in a press statement. She plans to meet with them when she visits pfc. Manning in April.

Jónsdottir told RÚV on Friday that the FBI had hacked into her personal computer between May and October of 2011, accessing personal files, e-mails and other information.

Last week, it was revealed that Icelandic Home Secretary Ögmundur Jónasson kicked out a group of FBI agents who came to Iceland to investigate the Wikileaks operation back in 2011.

Jónsdottir has been a parliamentarian since 2009, when she and three others were elected to office representing the grassroots Citizens’ Movement. The other party members were film director Þráinn Bertelsson, economist Þór Saari, and editor Margrét Tryggvadóttir. Differences arose and Bertelsson left the party in 14 August 2009, and the remaining three members regrouped as The Movement.


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