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Government phone tapping to be investigated

By Iceland Review

The leaders of all government parties agree that the phone tapping of Icelandic authorities during the Cold War must be investigated. As reported yesterday, findings have recently surfaced revealing that phones were tapped on at least six occasions from 1949-1968. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” />

Among those whose phones were tapped were four MPs.

Historian Gudni Th. Jóhannesson, whose research revealed the findings, says that he was granted access to the relevant documents on the condition that the names of those afflicted remain confidential. Ragnar Arnalds, former MP and member of the now-defunct Socialist Party, says that at least two of the six incidents mentioned must refer to him.

Fréttabladid quotes Arnalds today as saying, “I look on phone tapping as the worst type of espionage against private individuals that should not exist in a country with democracy and a parliament, particularly not the tapping of the telephones of MPs, who according to the constitution are to enjoy special immunity”.

He adds that he believes these new findings to be merely the tip of the iceberg.

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