Former Foreign Minister and leader of left-wing party Althýduflokkurinn, Jón Baldvin Hannibalsson, claimed yesterday that his office phone was tapped in 1993.
Hannibalsson said he had grown suspicious while in office and had his telephone checked out because of a discussion of secret service operations throughout Europe. This is reported in all the main media.
The former Minister did not know who was spying on him or why, but he said he suspected it might have been the American secret service.
It did not occur to him at the time that an Icelandic secret service could have been responsible for the tapping, as recent historical reports have indicated was the case during the Cold War.
Hannibalsson did not report the incident at the time, because, he said, he had no one to report to. But now he wants to find answers to his questions and says an investigation into the case is a matter of course and part of a healthy administration.
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