“The media is being used,” said Davíd Oddsson, departing foreign minister, at his last party meeting Monday. Davíd and other leaders of the Independence Party told the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service that they believe that the involvement of leading members of the Independence Party in the preparation of the charges against Baugur management are neither a political nor a media matter. What they find newsworthy is the invasion into the private lives of the people involved and the theft of personal documents.
Last weekend Baugur-owned Fréttabladid published numerous emails, acquired from an anonymous source, connecting leading members of the Independence Party to the Baugur case.
Davíd would not comment on the events leading to the Baugur charges and how leaders of his party were involved. He said the matter was not about that but was about untrustworthy media, stolen personal documents, the invasion of privacy and that media were publishing stolen, private documents. Davíd said he was surprised how the Baugur media conducted itself. He said the case had taken such a strange turn that it was just impossible to discuss it.