Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Member of Althingi for the Movement, says that the request for information about her from the web-service Twitter shows how desperate the American government has become by trying to dig up personal information on MPs in other countries. She says on pressan.is that she has received a thousand e-mails and dozens of phone calls.
Jónsdóttir says she wants clear answers on whether she can stay on as a member of the Foreign relations committee of Althingi and whether it is safe for her to travel abroad. “I don’t know if I can go to the US without risking that my phone or computer will be confiscated.”
The case which involves a request before a Virginia court that Twitter submit Jónsdóttir’s blogs and her IP numbers. Jónsdóttir has the assistance of US lawyers. She says, according to pressan.is, that it is important that it is not illegal to leak documents; to be a source or publish information from sources. To the contrary it is the duty of the public, no matter what the individual’s role, that if the individuals have seen information that prove criminal activity he or she should put that information forward.