US demands Icelandic MP Tweets on WikiLeaks


8:50 pm - January 7th 2011

by Sunny Hundal    


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The US government’s demands in its witchhunt against WikiLeaks are getting more absurd.

Tonight, an Icelandic MP posted these two messages to her account:

First she posted: (via @tenpercent)

just got this: Twitter has received legal process requesting information regarding your Twitter account in (relation to wikileaks)

and then this:

usa government wants to know about all my tweets and more since november 1st 2009. do they realize i am a member of parliament in iceland?

How utterly bizarre and draconian.

Birgitta Jónsdóttir says about herself: “Member of Parliament for the Movement in Iceland – Tibet – IMMI – Saving Iceland – Collateral Murder – Poet – Activist”

She told others she was going to speak to a lawyer.

Update: On her website she says that before joining the Icelandic Parliament in April 2009 she worked as a writer, artist, activist, web developer, designer.

She has added tonight:

I have nothing to hide and have done nothing wrong – i have no intention to hand my information over willingly to DoJ.

She told another Twitter she suspects the US Dept of Justice wants her tweets “because of my volunteer work and support for wikileaks”.

Update 2: The Guardian are also reporting on this now:

Jonsdottir told the Guardian she was demanding a meeting with the US ambassador to Iceland. “The justice department has gone completely over the top,” she said. She added the US authorities had requested personal information from Twitter as well as her private messages and that she was now assessing her legal position.

Jonsdottir was involved in WikiLeaks’ release last year of a video which showed a US military helicopter gunning down two Reuters reporters in Iraq. US authorities believe the video was leaked by Private Bradley Manning. Adrian Lamo, the hacker who reported Manning to the authorities, indicated that Manning had first contacted WikiLeaks sometime in late November 2009 – a time period covered by the government’s request for Jonsdottir’s tweet history.

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Reader comments


There’s only a two word answer for the USA, and the second word is OFF

The Department of Justice is becoming a joke, but we Americans cannot afford to laugh.

3. Dick the Prick

Surely to buggery they’re recorded and virtually public domain anyway? Hmmm…seems odd.

this is the same lady who basically said Assange must quit Wikileaks because he is a megalomaniac and who is destroying the credibility and work of Wikileaks. Smart woman -

5. Charles, Marxed

@4

Yes, it’s impossible to support Wikileaks without giving 100% support no matter what the circumstances to Julian Assange.

6. An Duine Gruamach

This is an outrage. Hopefully the Icelanders tell the DoJ to farðu í rassgat.

@3: The DOJ wants more than tweets. From Glenn Greenwald:

The information demanded by the DOJ is sweeping in scope. It includes all mailing addresses and billing information known for the user, all connection records and session times, all IP addresses used to access Twitter, all known email accounts, as well as the “means and source of payment,” including banking records and credit cards. It seeks all of that information for the period beginning November 1, 2009, through the present. A copy of the Order served on Twitter, obtained exclusively by Salon, is here.

Once the DOJ has a list of IP addresses, they can use subpoenas and other methods to find out where someone has been and who they have visited. They can build a profile of a person, look for out-of-the-ordinary trips that might reveal meetings and rendezvous points, and discover new targets for surveillance.

8. Dick the Prick

@7 – ooh, that sounds quite rude.


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