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posted by martyb on Monday October 11 2021, @05:07PM   Printer-friendly
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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: 2) by Freeman on Tuesday October 12 2021, @07:08PM (3 children)

    by Freeman (732) on Tuesday October 12 2021, @07:08PM (#1186483) Journal

    2 and 3 didn't build a whole lot on the entire premise of #1. You are not missing much. A large section of one of them was literally a car chase, which was pretty interesting. #3 showed a lot more of outside of the Matrix kinds of stuff, but that's really kind of where it went of the rails at the end of #2 and start of 3. The conclusion left you wanting a bit something more as well. It's like the writers were like, hmm..., nothing else I want to add, poof, the end.

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  • (Score: 2) by FatPhil on Wednesday October 13 2021, @03:32AM (2 children)

    by FatPhil (863) <> on Wednesday October 13 2021, @03:32AM (#1186569) Homepage
    I found the premise of #1 retarded. Why would you use a life support system for a uniquely evolved brain as an energy source, a job a photovoltaic cell or single-celled being could do, rather than using the uniquely evolved brain in huge numbers to do emergent things? I was hoping for a sci-fi when I went into the theatre, what I experienced was very flashy, in a dumb cartoonish way, sci-farce.
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    • (Score: 2) by mhajicek on Wednesday October 13 2021, @07:35AM (1 child)

      by mhajicek (51) on Wednesday October 13 2021, @07:35AM (#1186603)

      It was dumbed down for general consumption. In the original writings the machines were using the processing power of the humans brains.

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      • (Score: 3, Interesting) by FatPhil on Wednesday October 13 2021, @08:24AM

        by FatPhil (863) <> on Wednesday October 13 2021, @08:24AM (#1186607) Homepage
        That's a real shame, in that case. I generally don't trust directors who are willing to mangle material in such ways. I thought #2 and #3 were the manglings that I should avoid (I think there's even an XKCD about that), but it seems as if the mangling started in #1.

        In a proper brain-using matrix, as I imagine it, could use the power of all the brains to generate the shared fake experience that the brains would then be fed. It wouldn't work with only a small number of brains, they couldn't create a complex enough imagined universe to fool the brains that it was real for long. However, once you've got a critical mass, you have a "singularity" moment, and it would gain emergent intelligence great enough to fool any one of its individual nodes that what it was experiencing was real, and after that, there's no way back. Could have been a cool movie.

        OTOH, don't waste time with wannabe-serious movies, and watch /Free Guy/ instead. It's basically Matrix-meets-Lego.
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