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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: 3, Interesting) by Rosco P. Coltrane on Tuesday October 12 2021, @02:29AM (2 children)

    by Rosco P. Coltrane (4757) on Tuesday October 12 2021, @02:29AM (#1186344)

    he admitted to fabricating statements to implicate Assange

    The question is: why did he do that.

    Either he held a grudge against Assange or he got a wad of cash from the FBI. If it's the latter, I'd like to see someone indicted States-side too.

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  • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 12 2021, @04:39AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 12 2021, @04:39AM (#1186353)

    "Informants" aren't illegal - they're the whole damn industry. Conspiracy, RICO, espionage, only require sworn statements to convict...

  • (Score: 2) by FatPhil on Tuesday October 12 2021, @05:53PM

    by FatPhil (863) <reversethis-{if.fdsa} {ta} {tnelyos-cp}> on Tuesday October 12 2021, @05:53PM (#1186472) Homepage
    Or both. Assange sacked him and sued him twice, so the former is definitely a motive; and the FBI's the FBI, the latter should be considered the null hypothesis.
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