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posted by martyb on Monday October 11 2021, @05:07PM   Printer-friendly
from the what-a-wicked-web-we-weave... dept.

Key witness in Assange case jailed in Iceland after admitting to lies and ongoing crime spree

Sigurdur Thordarson, a key witness for the FBI against Julian Assange, has been jailed in Iceland. The notorious alleged hacker and convicted pedophile was remanded to custody in Iceland's highest security prison, Litla Hraun, on September 24. Þórðarson´s lawyer, Húnbogi J. Andersen, confirms that he is in custody. Thordarson was given immunity by the FBI in exchange for testimony against Julian Assange.

Thordarson was arrested the same day he arrived back in Iceland from a trip to Spain, and was subsequently brought before a judge after police requested indefinite detention intended to halt an ongoing crime spree. The judge apparently agreed that Thordarson's repeated, blatant and ongoing offences against the law put him at high risk for continued re-offending.

[...] Thordarson is a key witness for the United States Justice Department according to documents presented to a UK court in an effort to secure the extradition of Julian Assange. He was recruited by US authorities to build a case against Assange after misleading them to believe he was previously a close associate of his. In a recent interview with Stundin he admitted to fabricating statements to implicate Assange and contradicted what he was quoted as saying in US court documents. In fact he had volunteered on a limited basis to raise money for Wikileaks in 2010 but was found to have used that opportunity to embezzle more than $50,000 from the organization. Julian Assange was visiting Thordarson's home country of Iceland around this time due to his work with Icelandic media and members of parliament in preparing the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative, a press freedom project that produced a parliamentary resolution supporting whistleblowers and investigative journalism.

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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Opportunist on Monday October 11 2021, @08:32PM (2 children)

    by Opportunist (5545) on Monday October 11 2021, @08:32PM (#1186278)

    Agent Miller: Mr. Thordarson, we know you're a convicted pedophile and have a few other things on your slate. But we are willing to make you an offer.
    Thordarson: Yes?
    Agent Miller: We'd need you to testify against Mr. Assange.
    Thordarson: Uh... I know jack about that guy.
    Agent Miller: We're willing to give you immunity in exchange for your testimony.
    Thordardson: I see. Well, could you tell me what I know that he did so I can properly testify?

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  • (Score: 2) by Freeman on Monday October 11 2021, @09:15PM

    by Freeman (732) on Monday October 11 2021, @09:15PM (#1186288) Journal

    It almost worked, who says it can't still?

    Joshua 1:9 "Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee"
  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Beryllium Sphere (r) on Tuesday October 12 2021, @01:16AM

    by Beryllium Sphere (r) (5062) on Tuesday October 12 2021, @01:16AM (#1186338)

    Which is yet another reason not to allow scumbags in your social circle. If the authorities ever wish you ill, they can have just that kind of conversation with the scumbag.