As some readers may recall, WikiLeaks recently released a video entitled Collateral Murder, showing US troops shooting at civilians in Iraq back in 2007. [We wrote about it here.] Predictably the video generated a bit of attention, and the US military has now detained a soldier named Bradley Manning, who it suspects of leaking the tape, in Kuwait.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has said that there is more where that came from and that he plans to leak further tapes, including one that he describes as a “massacre” in Afghanistan. He has subsequently gone underground since he suspects that the Pentagon wishes to “question” him about the footage.
A couple of days ago a producer with ABC News in the US got in touch with me wanting to use a video I posted on YouTube in a segment they were producing about WikiLeaks. That segment has now aired. In it, Birgitta Jónsdóttir, MP for The Movement, speaks openly about her involvement with WikiLeaks and the new Icelandic Modern Media Initiative — the law that was passed a few days ago, awarding sanctuary to whistleblowers, investigative journalists, journalists’ sources, and the like.
I must say I was slightly taken aback about the way they lumped together WikiLeaks, the IMMI legislation, and the Icelandic parliament. To me, it could easily be construed as though the Icelandic parliament is hiding Julian and plans to offer protection to anyone who leaks more stuff about the US army. Or what do you think? Listen to the number of times Birgitta says “we” — is it clear when she’s speaking about WikiLeaks, and when she’s speaking about the Icelandic parliament? Should we expect bomber planes [or helicopters, perhaps] circling overhead by next week? Will old Össur Skarphéðinsson have to grovel at the feet of the US Ambassador to correct the misunderstanding? Will old Hillary Clinton take back her Happy Birthday message? Stay tuned for another exciting episode of WHICH ENEMY WILL ICELAND MAKE NEXT!